Letters to the Editor

Armchair Quarterback

Consider yourself part of the furniture: Again, a bravo for Kenny Be's wry wit. Not unlike his "Arnold for Governor of Iraq" Worst-Case Scenario, the October 7 "John Elway Home Collection," complete with wooden Elway, is a keeper.

I'm still smiling.

Joseph Green
via the Internet

Heavy Petting

Hoarder in the court: I'm sure you will receive a truckload of letters responding to Eric Dexheimer's "Pet Peeve," in the September 30 issue, stating something to the effect that pet hoarders should be forced to live in cages full of excrement and eat each other. As for myself, I have a more sympathetic view of the people involved.

It would be fair to call me an animal-lover: I volunteer for the Boulder Valley Humane Society, have kept dozens of pets in my lifetime and currently own three dogs. As deeply saddened as I was to read about their animals' living conditions, I was even more troubled by the psychological states of the pet hoarders themselves. The profound loneliness and unmet needs that drive these people to collect one pet after another are staggering. Getting a new puppy or kitten is a thrill; apparently, that rush can become like crack to an individual whose life is otherwise empty.

Laws that set arbitrary limits based merely on numbers of pets are not going to solve the problem. If anything, they will just push these people further underground, deeper into the hills and prairies and farther from the mental-health resources that could help them.

Thanks, Eric, for an excellent article.

R. McNamara

Tough love: I struggled to keep my composure while reading Eric Dexheimer's appalling and heartbreaking "Pet Peeve." To think that this animal abuse is so widespread and practiced by the same people over and over again! It just can't go on, and I hope the proposed statute passes and these people get the toughest sentences possible.

The story brought to mind my late friend Mildred Martindell, better known as the "Dog Lady of Park Hill." This incredible woman was quite a crusader for animal rights decades ago and a pioneer in the "field" of dog rescue, as well as the ethical treatment of these precious creatures. Her love for them was undaunted. I wish someone of her caliber was in existence today.

Rosemary McManis

Play Misty for me: "Pet Peeve" was a harrowing, horrifying and fascinating read.

My mother's black Persian cat, an apparent purebred, was rescued by the local mailwoman, who discovered a pet hoarder keeping scores of cats in cages in a trailer in rural central California. The vet identified this cat as less than two years old, and they decided to try to save the small cat with the matted coat. Mom's e-mails told me the story of how Misty (short for Mysterious) slowly adjusted to her freedom. When I met Misty while taking care of Mom during her illness last year, the previously neglected cat was a beautiful animal with a clear gaze and a calm temperment.

She had become the pet she was meant to be. She brought my widowed mother much joy in the last few years of her life (Mom passed away this January), and I'm grateful the cat with a horrible beginning has since found another good home with a friend of Mom's.

Patricia Dunn

Free Advice

Calling Dr. Laura: In the October 7 issue, I was asked for advice concerning using the name of individuals as tags for bills. According to the Off Limits item, the 2001 bill that provided mandatory therapy for one year for divorcing couples with children, except in situations of abuse, "sank like the Titanic once it was tagged the &'Dr. Laura Bill.'" That is incorrect. The bill was defeated because of the liberal mentality which minimizes family obligation and responsibility if immediate personal gratification is postponed.

The association of bills with "celebrities" brings attention to a in the anti-American message of many current Hollywood types.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Sherman Oaks, California

Cheap tricks: I am very disappointed in the new look of the old Muddy's building, as described in the most recent Off Limits. I thought it could have been restored very tastefully. As it turns out, it looks cheap and homely. Too bad people with cheap taste can change a nice old building like that.

Nikka Herber
via the Internet

Take Cover

To swerve and protect: Why am I not surprised that there was a Columbine cover-up? I want to know how our elected officials can expect the residents of Colorado to have faith and respect for the judicial system and police officers when they're more interested in concocting ingenious new reasons to fine, rather than to protect and serve, the people. I want to know where the protection is for the thirteen dead, 24 wounded, and countless lives altered or destroyed.

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