Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Friday, April 10, 2015

Chained dogs

Gwinnett County’s legislation that allows dogs to be chained all day on “trolley” systems doesn’t do enough to improve the lives of badly neglected dogs and leaves the public -- especially children -- in danger. Just last month, a 4-year-old was reportedly mauled by a chained dog in Gwinnett County.

Chaining is the cruelest punishment for dogs. It deprives these social pack animals of everything that makes their lives worth living: companionship, exercise, attention and interesting things to do. Tethered dogs are exposed to all weather extremes, live surrounded by their own waste and are attacked by roaming animals and are abused by cruel passersby.

Many chained dogs become aggressive and overly protective of their tiny patch of dirt. It’s no wonder that chained dogs are nearly three times as likely to attack as those who aren’t tethered. Many children have been mauled or killed after wandering onto a chained dog’s turf. I urge readers to ask their representatives to ban constant, unattended dog tethering in their communities. Visit www.PETA.org to learn more.

-- Daphna Nachminovitch

Senior Vice President, Cruelty

Investigations Department

People for the Ethical Treatment

of Animals (PETA)

Norfolk, Virginia

Hillary’s email

The unanswered questions about Hillary’s use of her personal email account instead of the .gov designation required (under oath) of all State Department appointees and employees at least show that she has a knowledge of history. Remember that the nasty Richard Nixon tried to keep all White House correspondence under his control and got into big trouble because he failed to “erase the tapes.”

It is almost certain the server in question, safely stored in the Clinton basement, will never serve again. Lesson well learned. I believe that her image will suffer not a bit since the media somehow lacks curiosity in this case of “transparency” or the lack thereof. Surely there is an eager hacker out there who might retrieve these priceless emails. In fact, NSA might have them on file.

-- Leslie H. Peek

Macon

Iran agreement

A few days ago, P5+1 and Iran announced a framework of understanding that would open the path to a final phase of nuclear to massive nuclear cuts. This belated framework is not an “agreement” -- it’s an affirmation that both sides will keep talking. It is also a catalog of alarming concessions:

A nuclear agreement based on this framework would endanger not only Israel and America, but also the entire world. This agreement allows Iran to:

Keep its “plutonium bomb factory.” There is no purpose for plutonium other than nuclear weapons.

Delay disclosure of its military applications until after sanctions relief has been granted. This concession would prevent any effective inspection and verification program. Iran can continue to cheat.

Continue spinning centrifuges in its underground Revolutionary Guard enrichment bunker impervious to Western Bunker Bombs. Iran can conduct advanced centrifuge R&D. Each generation of centrifuges will make nuclear bomb fuel faster and reduces “breakout time.”

Deny immediate access, anytime, anywhere, to inspectors from the U.N.

Not dilute enriched uranium, nor ship concentrate to Russia or N. Korea.

The administration’s concept is premised on the belief that Iran will abide by previous international obligations. But, we know that Iran has a record of stalling and violating agreements.

Iran is an unabashed terrorist regime. While pocketing countless U.S. concessions on virtually every aspect of its program -- enrichment, plutonium, ballistic missile delivery systems, past illicit nuclear weapons work, continued expansion of centrifuge research -- Iran has played the West for a fool. Tehran has failed to grant unfettered access to inspect nuclear infrastructure and continues to stonewall the IAEA, the very organization that would be charged with monitoring any new nuclear agreement.

As Khomenei chants “Death to America.”

-- Hill Kaplan

Macon

Working together

The March 27 article “Pentagon selects first 400 Syrians to be trained to fight Islamic State” highlights an important partnership between the United States and Turkey as both work toward stability in the Middle East. However, it is critical that this joint training of Syrian rebels to fight the forces attempting to tear the country apart is the first step and not the only step, in a long-term endeavor. Without a comprehensive plan that addresses both ISIS and the Assad regime, achieving lasting peace in Syria will not be possible. Turkey has long been an important U.S. ally in the region on everything from counterterrorism efforts to NATO operations and is at the front lines of this conflict. While this partnership is taking a step in the right direction, the U.S. must work with Turkey to find more ways to work together to end the crisis in Syria and achieve lasting stability throughout the region.

-- Halil Danismaz

President, Turkish Heritage Organization

New York, N.Y.

Emails will come out

Hillary Clinton claims she fully complied with every rule she was governed by concerning her emails when she was secretary of state. What a flat out lie. This is an insult to every Republican, Democrat or even anyone with more brain cells than their hat size. When she entered public office, she gave up her right to “private” emails. Now it comes out that she cleaned the private server and provided only a token amount of emails she claims were work-related the State Department. This whole debacle just screams of a cover-up.

I am sure with the thousands of emails she sent from her private email account to government email accounts, some disgruntled employees (whistleblowers) are just waiting to download some interesting reading. Does she really think she is fooling anyone? Why is all this coming out right now?

-- Glenn S. Gibble

Bonaire

Looking for solutions

The root cause of the human dilemma is sinful human nature and can only be understood by the gospel of Jesus Christ centered in his death and resurrection. Only the gospel has the answer to the origins of the world’s problems. Solution to problems must begin at their source.

The message of the gospel has been entrusted to Christianity upon which America was founded. And without the proclamation of it, Christianity has nothing to say to this perishing nation and world that cannot be said and done by government and social institutions, as necessary as they are.

Where are the courageous in America who are willing to bare the burden of proclaiming and living the truth of Jesus who says, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.... I tell you to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your father in heaven.”

-- Rev. Richard Aultman

Byron

‘Hear me roar’

Alert, alert. News nugget, Hillary Rodham Clinton packed her suitcase full of Nehru-style pants suits and tossed them in the arena for the presidency. She is great when it comes to the Texas Two Step -- now you see me, now you don’t, and when asked questions she doesn’t want to answer she says, “I don’t recall.” Hillary’s motto can be “I am woman, hear me roar.” She will do just fine, the American public loves shady politicians.

-- Chat Lambert

Warner Robins

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