I'm sure it wasn't an easy decision for the people in charge to authorize plans to cull deer in East Hampton. They are also family folks with children who have their own pets. To call them wildlife haters would be off base.
However those in charge were elected to serve the citizens of the Town and do what they feel is best for them. When our and many other grandchildren come to visit we are leery of letting them play outdoors. I wonder how many of the people marching in the rally on the 17th know people that have suffered the long-term effects of dreaded Lyme disease? I asked several of them and received no response. In many instances this disease goes undiagnosed for a good while. By then it becomes an affliction that lingers on and on.
Driving on deer occupied roads has also become a great hazard. We're constantly on the outlook for deer, so our eyes are not focused where they should be, on the road, not to either side. Perhaps when the deer population is somewhat diminished after the cull, other ways of controlling their unrelenting expansion can be improvised.
For the present, it's mandatory to protect our citizens safety and welfare at the sacrifice of the deer. Common sense has to prevail.
A Major Threat
Letter to the Editor,
A former owner of an ice cream company is waging a campaign questioning the necessity of the Pentagon's large-scale weapons systems, including the F-35 fighter bomber which has been plagued with problems yet to be resolved.
We have a need for the development and implementation of strategic weapons systems to counter the systems of Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.
Our large-scale weapons systems have kept potential adversaries at bay since World War II, and will continue to perform this vital function. The previously mentioned countries have extensive strategic weapons systems and continue to improve them and develop new, more lethal weapons.
I agree with the ice cream guy that we have to assign resources to address the threat of terrorism. In particular, Islamic terrorism is a major threat to world peace as evidenced by the attacks in this country, Europe, Russia and the Middle East.
If the former ice cream guy can guarantee the strategic weapons systems of potential adversaries will melt away, maybe we can convert some of our military manufacturing facilities to the production of ice cream whoopie pies he can use as ammunition against our enemies.
DONALD A. MOSKOWITZ
Do The Right Thing
It's good news that municipalities in New York will now be able to enact stricter regulations on puppy mills, but prospective animal guardians can also do their part to stop animals from suffering in cruel mass-breeding mills by adopting animals from shelters, instead of buying them from pet stores, breeders, parking lots, classified ads, or over the Internet.
Puppies and kittens who are sold through these channels often come from hellish warehouses where animals are kept in tiny, feces-caked cages and are never given any love, attention, or even a chance to roll in the grass. Food, veterinary care, and shelter are often inadequate, and female animals are often killed when their worn-out bodies can no longer produce offspring. Many mother dogs spin endlessly in their cages, driven mad from years of deprivation.
In light of this, as well as the countless lovable animals waiting in shelters for good homes, adoption is the kind option for people who care about animals. Visit www.peta.org to learn more.
Voice Your Outrage
On January 1 an astronomically huge number of new regulations and rules were foisted on us that involve almost every facet of our lives. Every movement we make is monitored by the NSA, our taxes are not only too high but we are taxed on so many levels that most aren't aware of the multiple layers of taxation.
These 10,500 pages of new regulations, in one fell swoop, should raise the hackles of every citizen. Most of these regulations are not laws passed by Congress but are edicts from unelected bureaucrats. As we now know, worst of all, our legislators are almost never reading them.
We, as citizens, must join the movement to curtail presidential executive orders that bypass the congressional process mandated by the Constitution.
We must find ways to support fiscally conservative candidates in the upcoming election, and you must voice your outrage to our elected officials at every increase in our taxes and regulations. When only 92 million Americans are out of work and only 52 percent of citizens are paying taxes it doesn't take a genius to realize we are nearing the tipping point of a complete meltdown of our economy and our entire way of life.
We Americans were not created to serve government, our founders created a government that was meant to serve us. Our Constitution enumerates the responsibilities of the federal government, and severely limits its powers, mainly to protect us from an over reaching government. Government has now brazenly expanded its grasp on our freedoms. There isn't time to waste, get involved now.