Letters to the Editor - June 21

June 21, 2012

American pit bulls have been mischaracterized

To the editor:

It is hard to believe that in this day that people can be so misinformed about any subject. Some have said that American pit bulls were originally bred for dog fighting. Well, that is not the truth.

The American pit bull was a family and farm dog. The dog helped to wrangle livestock when needed and he was a trusted, loyal and loving family member. The only reason the American pit bull is associated with dog fighting is because of their humans. When an incident happens with a dog, no matter what breed it is, it is the human who should be held responsible.

The American pit bull is beautiful, loving, loyal, kind and sweet; they have no hatred in their hearts toward human or animal. Most dogs involved in an incident have been terribly abused. 

Our most decorated war dog is an American pit bull. Petey from “Little Rascals” was an American pit bull, and he was chosen because they wanted a dog that was good with kids. Helen Keller’s dog was an American pit bull. She was blind but could “see” the beauty of the American pit bull. 

I believe that breed-specific legislation tramples on my constitutional rights. I have the right to the pursuit of happiness, and my happiness is loving my American pit bull. We do not need more restrictive laws. What we need is for people to be held responsible for themselves and their actions. We need to prosecute those who abuse animals. Blame the deed not the breed.

We live in the United States of America, where our people have fought and died for our freedom, especially the freedom of choice. You decide what kind of dog you want, and I will decide what kind of dog I want. 

Chanté Kline

Modification of solid waste program is ‘great news’

To the editor:

The Board of County Commissioners has modified the permit program for the disposal of solid waste at my local convenience center. This is indeed great news (as stated in a recent letter from the Washington County Solid Waste Department) as I now may purchase only those permits that suit my needs.

I will get the senior permit for my personal household trash.  As there is a new additional fee for using the recycling bins, I will forgo this permit and will merely toss my already sorted  clean recyclables into the big blue trash bins. Or, perhaps, I may just toss items I previously recycled directly into my household trash bag to comingle with other landfill items.

I will purchase the yard debris permit. This is an exceptionally great deal for my limited yard waste, as I am a fierce creator of compost using yard waste. I thank the County Commissioners for permitting the use of this permit at the convenience centers. It certainly makes no sense for me to drive 50 miles plus to use the Forty West Landfill to drop off a bushel or two of 4-inch or smaller diameter tree parts from my residence. 

I do not completely understand the reason behind this new program, but I will be a good citizen and do my best to comply.

Karlen Keto

‘Trickle Up’ economics might be the solution

To the editor:

It is hard to drill down on the rhetoric in this election year but it looks to me as though what we need is some “Trickle Up” economics right now.

We all know what “trickle down” economics is thanks to former President Reagan and his “Laffer Curve” economics. The “trickle down” idea is that if we make the wealthy even more wealthy through tax cuts, the economic benefits would trickle down through the economic system until everyone benefits and prospers. That theory was eventually debunked by even Art Laffer himself.

It looks to me like we need to have more purchasing power in the hands of the average, middle-class worker to spend at the most innovative, creative, efficient places in the economy so that the money would trickle up to those entrepreneurs who are the real “job creators” as chosen by the marketplace.

History says that this idea of letting the marketplace pick the winners and losers drives our economy forward, not simply letting yesterday’s winners get richer. Recent disclosures show that the already rich put their money in Swiss and Cayman Island banks and not into the economy.

The marketplace should pick the winners and losers by letting the buyer make the decision as to who should be patronized, what products fill needs, who is operating at the lowest costs, etc. Simply letting wealth accumulate to the already wealthy will only continue to weaken our economy as is does not reward the leading edge innovators and risk-takers.

Unfortunately, the last stimulus recipients used the money to pay off old debts, not to stimulate the economy. Perhaps we should give out credit cards that can only be spent in the private sector on new purchases, not to pay off old debts.

Bob Ayrer
Falling Waters, W.Va.

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