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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

Powerful images

EDITOR: I suggest that NBC News host David Gregory confront Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association not with a high-capacity magazine but with photos of the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lt. J. Paul Vance, a spokesman for the Connecticut State Police described “a very horrific and difficult scene” at the school.

In 1955, photos of the public funeral and open casket of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American boy who was brutally murdered in Mississippi, were a catalyst for the civil rights movement.

And in 1972, Nick Ut’s photograph of a young Vietnamese girl screaming as she ran naked, burning from napalm, appeared in our newspapers.

These are images that changed the world.

And now we need to see the bloody, horror of gun violence until we have a bill in Congress to fix this problem.



Shelter pets

EDITOR: About 500,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States every year because they don’t have homes. Before buying an expensive animal (“Research your next dog,” Thursday), I suggest readers consider adopting one from a shelter; there are several shelters in Sonoma County.

Some shelters, such as the Sonoma Humane Society on Highway 12, train dogs in basic manners before being released for adoption. Consequently, the return rate is about 2 percent, a statistic that shows how successful the shelter is in training dogs and matching all their animals with appropriate families.

The Humane Society accepts only animals that are healthy and not aggressive. It also has a large selection of cats and some rabbits (which can make lovely pets).

In addition, the Humane Society sometimes offers free or low-cost spay and neuter services to help reduce the population of unwanted animals in the county. People can read about services and the animals available for adoption at sonomahumane.org. The Humane Society, a no-kill shelter, was established more than 80 years ago, is privately funded and receives no government funds.

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