LETTERS: Support ban on income tax; Parties changed; No-kill’ shelters not always better

Support ban on income tax

I agree that we should vote for Proposition 4, which would make an amendment to the Texas Constitution to not allow an income tax. But what happened to a similar proposition which passed about a decade ago?

Auston Cron

Alamo

Parties changed

I read Jake Longoria’s letter “Democrats want slaves” In the Sept. 15 issue of The Monitor. Mr. Longoria should know that the Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Lincoln’s days are not the same parties of today. In fact, they have generally made 180-degree turns.

At that time the Democratic Party was a stronghold of the Southern slave states, but now it has evolved to become the party of the civil rights movement. In the 1950s, when the Democratic Party started moving toward civil rights for African Americans, the Southern Democrats broke away in the short-lived Dixiecrat splinter group.

Has Mr. Longoria forgotten that Bobby Kennedy fought for civil rights and that it was Texas’ own Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democratic president, who introduced and got passed the Civil Rights Bill of 1964?

As for the Democrats’ support for undocumented immigrants from Central America, I would suggest it is because of their concern for the safety and wellbeing of fellow human beings.

Mr. Longoria, I have visited El Salvador four times on mission trips. I have seen the growth of gangs and even governmental suppression or at the very least its ignoring of the suffering of its own people. I know friends who have been beat up by gangs and one who was even killed. It is because of this that I embrace the immigrant, not because I want to make a slave of him or her.

Mr. Longoria, do you think all the volunteers at the shelters, all the religious people who help the undocumented immigrants when the Border Patrol dumps them at the bus station —do you think they do this to turn them into slaves? Please, use your brain, if not your heart.

Gerard Pahl

Edinburg

No-kill’ shelters not always better

A recent cruelty case involving 150 dead dogs and hundreds more animals living in “unimaginable” conditions on properties in Missouri and Texas that belong to a selfdescribed “rescue” should serve as a warning against putting blind faith in so-called “rescues” and “no-kill” shelters.

Organizations that claim to rescue animals have been implicated in horrific cases of cruelty, including hoarding, abandoning, shooting, drowning, beating and even sexually assaulting animals. Others are nothing more than con artists who “flip” animals for a profit or bilk unsuspecting people out of adoption fees for non-existent dogs.

The National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse reports that “(t)here is an entire industry of ‘rescues’ that warehouse animals in horrific conditions; however, the catalyst for warehousing is not a mental health affliction, but pure, old-fashioned, greed.” Recent cases include the seizure of 200 cats and kittens, as well as the bodies of 40 dead animals, from a self-professed animal “rescue” in Killeen, Texas, and the discovery of several dead dogs and 40 live ones confined to filthy, overcrowded outdoor cages and denied food and water at a “humane society” in Jefferson, Texas.

Under pressure from no-kill lobbyists, shelters are enabling hoarders and other abusers by releasing animals with little or no screening or follow-up, or turning away animals that ultimately wind up in irresponsible hands.

Please, never donate or take animals to a “slow-kill” shelter: Support only professionally run shelters that recognize that humane euthanasia is preferable to hoarding animals in miserable conditions.

Teresa Chagrin

Animal care and control issues manager People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Norfolk, Va.

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