Pirate Proposal and Dogfighting Outrage

Online readers respond to "A Modest Proposal for the Rehabilitation of Galveston," by John Nova Lomax, November 26.

Lomax is not funny: I don't care what he thinks about casino gambling in Galveston, his "solution" to the city's problems is insensitive at best. Thousands of Galveston residents have lost everything — their houses, possessions, jobs and hope. Recovering from the aftermath of Ike is going to be long and difficult. In the last few years, Galveston was starting to make so much progress in renewal, and the future was looking bright. Now, it desperately needs something to give it some financial stimulus. Are casinos the answer? Maybe, maybe not. It is certainly worth exploring. At least it is something more promising than piracy.

Larry

FYI: You're a fucking idiot.

Frank Larimore

No casinos: Now Frank, why such language? And Larry, I have lost my home on Bolivar, so don't use that. If we can't laugh, we may as well have gone for a swim during Ike. I think Lomax's idea is a good one. At least everyone would have an equal opportunity. I don't think gambling would help the Island. We already know what happens to Bolivar — Galveston sends the kids, drugs and drunks over to roam our beaches, cause traffic accidents and murder women on the beach. Hello, what will happen if casinos are allowed?

So where will the gamblers come from, the projects? Or will they be UTMB employees? Oops, they have just lost their jobs. Most everyone is still dealing with the aftermath of Ike, and if you are not, then help someone who is. The ones who want to gamble can continue to go east on I-10 and perhaps if they win, they can come have a nice weekend on the beach and rent a hotel room, buy a T-shirt, have dinner, take a cruise. We have too many problems now and not enough law enforcement to deal with the existing issues.

We could always start betting pools for when the inspectors will arrive and when the water and power will get turned on. This is the type of betting we are doing on Bolivar. Care to join us?

pam

To the Death

Online readers respond to "Fighting Over Dogfighting Dogs Continues," by Richard Connelly, November 25.

Price is wrong: As one of the evaluators of the Vick dogs, I'm sickened by the popular excuse that it's wiser to kill custody dogs because they somehow don't deserve the resources required to evaluate them. How absurd, how cruel. The price spent on Vick's dogs should never be used as a measuring stick for helping other dogs. That high-profile case was an anomaly in so many ways.

Compassionate shelters around the country evaluate dogs every single day of the week as a matter of course; it's part of their daily operations and ethical responsibility. Those who refuse this privilege to any dog based on breed are reinforcing the same type of stereotype that causes those same dogs to be devalued out in the streets.

Yes, taking in a large group of custody dogs is a burden on any shelter, but those shelters that see dogs as individuals stay committed to their mission no matter what the dog happens to look like. When Missouri Humane absorbed a large group of fight-bust dogs just weeks after Vick's dogs were assessed, they brought in one breed expert to assist in doing fair and impartial evaluations. Their cost: one airline ticket. Out of these efforts, a third of the dogs were able to be saved and adopted out. One of those dogs is now working in California as — you guessed it — another therapy dog.

In addition, those custody dogs that pass their evaluations with flying colors (and many do) don't need to be "rehabilitated." Many fight-bust cases, including Vick's dogs, simply need to learn house manners and basic obedience. Their progress has been meticulously reported in the media since day one.

Donna Reynolds

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