Letters to the editor

July 12, 2008

Banning the whip a step in right direction for racing

To the editor:

Jockey Jeremy Rose was recently suspended from racing for six months after whipping a horse so severely that her eye hemorrhaged.

Anyone who watched the Kentucky Derby could see Eight Belles being whipped down the home stretch before she collapsed with two broken ankles.

Last year, Russell Baze, the winningest jockey in thoroughbred racing history, whipped a broken-down horse to a second-place finish, where she was promptly euthanized.


Baze was assessed a small fine and suspended from racing for two weeks. Yet while penalties are rare, anyone who watches even an occasional horse race can see that whips are used frequently and with great force.

It's time for the horse racing industry to ban whips altogether. The sole purpose of whipping is to cause pain - just so jockeys can get another inch per stride.

While banning whipping is not going to solve all of the problems with racing - horses are raced too young, too often, on hard surfaces that practically guarantee breakdowns - it's a start. To find out more, visit

Jennifer O'Connor
Animals in Entertainment Campaign Writer
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Norfolk, Va.

For employment, do race and sex count the most?

To the editor:

When I was serving in Kuwait, I was responsible for pieces of equipment worth hundreds of millions of dollars. But since I've been back, its been very difficult for me to gain employment again.

I recently applied for a job with a local university for a computer graphics position that I qualified for.

But unfortunately, what they were interested in were not my qualifications for that position, but what my race and sex were.

Needless to say, after informing them of this, I didn't get the job. I've written letters of complaint to the U.S. Department of Labor and the EEOC, both of whom have done nothing. I even wrote to one of our representives in Annapolis who has done nothing to do date.

Don't my civil rights count anymore? Doesn't my service to my country count without someone asking about what my race and sex is?

I think it's unfortunate that we have a candidate for president who believes that two wrongs make a right and people like me have to suffer for the wrongs of the past.

Christopher Krieg

Movie makes the choice for president a clear one

To the editor:

I must admit that I have not been that thrilled with the prospect of voting for either Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. John McCain.

Being a conservative, since Ronald Reagan took office, I, of course, am leaning towards the conservative in the race. But that line is muddied in this election, as Sen. McCain seems to be in the middle on some of the issues. I can honestly say that for the 30-plus years that I have been voting, this is the first time that neither candidate has my complete confidence.

That being said, I must also state this. This past weekend I finally viewed a movie I bought a few years ago, A&E's production of "Faith of My Fathers." I was afraid that it might be too graphic in its depiction of the war in Vietnam and I wouldn't be able to stomach it.

But with the presidential election coming up, I thought I would finally crack open that case and watch this account of a young John McCain and his involvement with the military and the war.

Well folks, I watched it and I am so impressed with John McCain and the other soldiers involved during their imprisonment at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton." The loyalty, bravery, honor and patriotism that John McCain displayed was awe inspiring.

Anyone out there who wants to say that John McCain is not an American hero needs to rent this movie and watch it. He was raised by an honorable, patriotic American solider who was also raised by an honorable, patriotic American Soldier. His grandfather is quoted as saying "If a man doesn't have honor, he doesn't have anything." And McCain kept his honor throughout a torturous ordeal.

This man loves his country, fought for his country and didn't give any information to the enemy, despite the torture.

And now his own son is serving in the military and will be in Iraq. You will be proud to be an American and I believe feel confident in putting the job of president of the United Sates into his hands.

In closing, remember a quote by Barack Obama, "My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world, I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it."

This quote is not very inspiring to me, I don't know about you.

I do believe I will vote for the man whom I believe loves America, who has served his country in wartime and has continued to serve his country throughout the years in the political field. And that man has wisdom from experience.

Dana T. Thompson

Can BOE supervisors carpool on their visits to schools?

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