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Letters to the Editor – Weekly Issue of June 6, 2011

Readers write in to decry the treatment of Kentucky Derby horses, rebut Paul Ryan's defense of his budget plan, and spotlight Pakistan's wasted resources on its border 'battle' with India.

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The dark side of horse racing

I was very pleased to read Marlene Fanta Shyer's May 9 opinion piece, "Lush life for Derby horses? Don't bet on it."

It appears that far too few of us really care about the creatures that God has given us. They entertain us for years; certainly we owe these sentient beings a just reward when they retire from the races, whether they are a horse or dog. Sending them off to meat markets after they have given us so many years, in my opinion, qualifies as a genuine sin.

By not appreciating what those creatures have done for us, we commit a crime against nature and the God that loves us. I look forward to reading more articles concerning our abuse and misunderstanding of other forms of life.


Hooray for Ms. Shyer for her exposé on the "dark side" of horse racing! I have previously read of these evils, but no one has presented them so succinctly. Thanks for this inclusion at Kentucky Derby time. I hope that more space might be given to the issue, in particular to the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

Racehorses give their owners fame and fortune, and what is their reward? It's too horrible to contemplate. It's an American disgrace.

Response to Paul Ryan


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