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Power, strength of pit bulls cannot be ignored


Dan Engler wrote an excellent editorial on the pit bull terrier. One omission was the fact that pit bulls have been bred and trained for centuries to perform in various types of "fighting to the death activities."

As a result, over the centuries, this breed has become more and more powerful.

Pit bulls are as lovable as, and no more vicious than, other breeds.

People and animals can be attacked by dogs of any breed. The problem is that pit bulls are more powerful than most, if not all, of the other breeds so that, if and when one of them attacks some other animal (or a human), the result can be deadly.

Not because of their temperament but because of their power, their owners must exercise greater control over them and be held accountable if and when they don't.

Fred White


What happened to ‘United We Stand’?


Sept. 12, 2001, one day after the worst tragedy this nation has endured since D-Day, we as a nation came together to mourn the loss of several thousand citizens at the hands of terrorists. Our desire then was to make some sense of all the madness, and we as a nation vowed never to let this happen to us again.

Our military arose to the occasion and with the support of their government and citizens, began the war on terrorism. The support for this cause was tremendous. We came together like never before. There were no "protests," and everyone wanted the perpetrators brought to justice.

Our president declared from the start that this was "A War on Terrorism" and we would not stop until ALL terrorists have been dealt with.

Now our leaders have turned their attention to another terrorist, someone whose regime has murdered hundreds of thousands of their own citizens. This regime also rapes and tortures them for their own pleasure. The person in charge of this regime resembles the brutality of Adolf Hitler in more ways than one. This man, Saddam Hussein, has suppressed these people for far too long.

The United Nation (UN) set sanctions on Saddam 12 years ago. They demanded then that he turn over all weapons of mass destruction. He has not only failed to comply with the order, but he has interfered with every attempt made to verify that he no longer has these weapons. He has demonstrated that he is a terrorist by allowing such brutal behavior not only to take place, but by participating in the brutality himself.

Our troops have now been deployed in Iraq to remove this regime from power and to liberate the Iraqi people. Saddam has now ordered his regime to use innocent civilians as human shields knowing full well we will not engage in a fire fight. He has ordered the murder of several women and children fleeing the country for their lives. He has threatened the young men in his country with the lives of their own families if they refuse to fight with his regime.

And now all of a sudden, across the country there are a few people who in the name of peace are protesting this war. These people have claimed that they are ashamed to be "American." What happened? Did these people forget what happened?

We as a nation must unite as one. A nation divided against itself will fall. We do not have to like "war." However, we must, as a nation that enjoys our freedom, support our country. Anything less is treason. I agree with the right to express our opinion regarding this or any other war however, it should be done after our troops have been brought home.

What do these protestors possibly hope to accomplish by having such violent protests? Not only are they wasting precious resources here in America, they are hurting the efforts of the coalition not to mention the morale of our troops.

If these "protesters" ever tried to openly protest in Iraq they would be shot where they stood. We must remember that the American troops fought for the right to express their freedom in the first place. We as a nation owe it to our country to support the men and women who are fighting for our right and the rights of others to live in freedom.

Ronda Brockman



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