Bunnies great pets only if you have time for them
Easter is upon us and bunnies are for are in stores. Please think twice before buying a rabbit for your child.
In order to have a happy and healthy bunny, you must educate yourself. Read the House Rabbit Society Web site for a wealth of information.
A bunny requires proper care, housing, food and exercise. Do not place it in a cage that is too small or leave it outside in a hutch.
Bunnies can be indoors, roaming free. Your rabbit needs plenty of time outside of its cage but also has to have a place where it can feel safe. Loud noises are not welcome. In general, they are not comfortable being handled and will become aggressive when threatened.
Owning a rabbit is time-consuming, and a child might tire of it quickly.
It is difficult to find a new home for your unwanted pet, and abandoning a domesticated animal into the wild is a death sentence.
Furby was found abandoned in Hopkinsville. This long-haired white rabbit adjusted very quickly to his new indoor home. He did have a habit of nipping at us but soon learned there was nothing to fear any more — he was safe and received proper handling, love and respect. Furby would have had no chance of survival having been dumped into the outdoors.
Shame on the person who released this beautiful pet.
Please consider buying a stuffed animal for your child or adopt a pet from numerous available rescue organizations.
Broaden the charter
One of the reasons cited for charter schools' success in other states is that the charter schools are allowed to operate outside many rules that public schools usually must follow.
If that is indeed the case, then the answer does not lie in creating charter schools that drain public funding. Instead, we need to identify the rules that are apparently preventing the public schools from performing at optimum levels and change or eliminate those rules.
Allowing the public schools to operate under less constraining guidelines would put all schools on the same footing. Instead of trying to perform with restrictive regulations and less funding, the public schools would then be able to compete at a higher level and either prove that they can be innovative and productive or, in the end, admit that the problem lies within.
Do not create a system in which not all players must follow the same rules.
So Israel bombs Iranian nuclear sites. Then what?
Iran suffers a delay in its nuclear program but is then a mortal, not just a rhetorical, enemy and is more determined than ever to get a bomb.
Russia and China, after Israel puts herself on the other side of the moral divide, openly help Iran get a bomb to "defend" itself. Will anyone think of assassinating a Russian or Chinese scientist?
Relations with the United States are seriously strained, maybe permanently.
Iran gives Hezbollah and Hamas all the missiles they want and says fire away all day every day. How many Israelis will this kill?
In response, Israel invades Lebanon and Gaza to stop the assault; more Israeli casualties, as well as Gazans and Lebanese.
End result: Iran loses a few years off its program but is more determined than ever to get a bomb and is inflamed with a desire for revenge.
This is how Israel defends itself? Israel has forgotten one of the Napoleonic era's pithier maxims: You can do anything you want with a bayonet except sit on it.
Rights of non-smokers
In response to one letter writer's question, "Why is it OK to deny people the choice to smoke," individuals are not denied the choice to smoke.
They are denied the right to infringe on the rights of others who do not want the acrid stench of cigarette smoke wafting across the table when they are attempting to dine in a restaurant, and do want the luxury of walking into an establishment without holding one's breath so as not to breathe the noxious fumes of the smokers puffing away (who I will add don't care about others who are trying to breathe).
There is a cornucopia of reasons to restrict smoking. I absolutely thrill to a smoker flipping his or her cigarette out the car window. Myriad behaviors cause problems; however, if you are obese it won't kill me; if you gamble I won't develop a brain tumor. Consumption of alcohol may cause death if you drive while intoxicated.
Bring on the rulers, kings, government if it will keep the disgusting, corrosive, stinky, smoke away.
The writer mentions a "tolerant" society. Smokers need to employ some of that "tolerance" and keep their smoke and harmful chemicals to themselves.
Smokers who think it is their right to infringe upon others, please, smoke to your heart's delight. You will be dead sooner than later.
So enjoy your emphysema and your lung cancer. It's a win-win for everyone.
Kudos to Jordan Stivers on her op-ed piece, "Young, religious and for Obama." She is absolutely right on ... not just for the young but also for many of us older folks who have been around the block a time or two.
As she so profoundly stated, there definitely is "a deep connection between religious Americans and the Democratic Party values — like loving our neighbor, justice and opportunity for all, and a belief that we're greater together when we pursue the common good through our public policies."
Extremely gratifying it is to know that there are young folks with these values.
I do not know how many times a truth has to be spoken before people will believe and accept it. Once again a letter writer fell into an old myth. The myth is that the GOP of Lincoln is the same as the GOP of today.
All you have to do is a little reading of history, and you find out that until about 40 years ago the GOP was moderate and the Democrats (especially the Southerners) were conservative. It was Richard Nixon's Southern Strategy by which he convinced Southern Democrats to change their party affiliation to Republican.
Yes, conservatives fought every piece of legislation that was designed to help the middle and lower classes. A partial list includes Social Security, Medicare, any civil rights legislation, minimum wage, worker's protection of all types, from working conditions to fair wages.
I could go on and on but here is the bottom line: If you look at political philosophy and not party label you see that conservatives have fought all equal rights, worker rights and any other legislation passed to help the average person.
So, those readers who claim to be conservative and are not among the wealthiest people in the area should be grateful to the liberals and moderates, of both parties, who have made our life much better.
Voting for conservative candidates will only return us to 18th century repression.