We've saved a lot of pets in Tucson, from dogs and cats to rabbits, ferrets and turtles--maybe more pets than FAIR or the Humane Society. And, our policy is to take back pets that a family cannot handle--pets that we have sold. We love pets as much or more than anyone. We didn't open a pet store because we don't like pets. When a pet needs a home, we do everything we can to make that happen. We have never sent a pet to be euthanized. We have offered valuable space in our store to the Humane Society, to ensure no animals are put to sleep. They never--I repeat, never--called us back or responded to our "offering of help" letter. I'm sure they have since euthanized animals that we could have saved.
During our recent pet therapy session at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, a patient who hadn't moved in months started to move during one of our weekly pet interaction sessions. Gee, what a lousy business to have in Tucson.
It's time for your paper to stop listening to the radicals that point the fingers of hypocrisy at our press for failing to print both sides of an issue. They are the real hypocrites, as they sling arrows at local businesses without ever seeking the other point of view. The bottom line is responsible behavior. We provide quality homes and responsible, well-educated owners for all types of pets. They are pets that have been bred responsibly.
May I suggest that when you are provided with both sides of an issue, you print both. We sent our statements to you, but you chose to print three uninformed letters against us. We hope that this one will find its place in your paper, thereby balancing this heated debate.
Landau and Company & Everyone Runs LLC
Nowhere do you take a direct criticism and dare to distance yourself from the decision by the double-speak publication of "dissent." Grow some balls or become a client of one of your solid transgender advocates' accounts and get some stitched on, so you can reply to the replies with mature defense of your editorial license. Tell them that their little blue-state exercise of subscription is only as consistent as your being paid to print that alternative account with mainstream monies. Herald, the duplicity! Have courage of conviction!
The editor would like to remind Messrs. Landau and Calabrese of two policies at the Weekly: One, the advertising side and the editorial side are kept separate. This means the ad folks have no say over what articles, columns, etc., we run, and we editorial folks have no say over the advertising content. Two, except in rare cases, nobody gets a chance to respond to Mailbag letters before publication.
Perhaps Scott Stewart bothers Limberis so because he stands as evidence against two major misconceptions regarding Libertarians--that we're ideologically homogeneous and impractical. It would be better in his eyes if we were all wide-eyed radicals seeking to immediately bring the government in line with the most shortsighted libertarian ideologies. We're getting serious, and we're not going away.
I don't always understand what Scott Stewart does, nor should I, as I hardly follow what goes on regarding PCC, whereas he is a board member. Nevertheless, I respect and admire him for what he does and for the integrity he has shown on the job. It would be easy to throw up the "libertarian" excuses; Scott Stewart decided to make a difference instead.
Second Vice Chairman, Pima County Libertarian Party
The subject matter is irrelevant. Immigration, environment, speed limits--they're all some part of "the process," "the system." Efforts to subvert existing law because of one's opinions, if successful, create precedents for those whose efforts might either meet with your own disapproval or might prove inimical to your own efforts.
If this gentleman, Russ Dove, wants our Constitution enforced, maybe we need to clone the man! We could probably use several million more Americans like him. I have read at least four articles from four different states where thousands of illegals were found voting in our elections (and I can bet you they are not voting for the good of this country, but for their own). And yes, he is right: Illegals don't usually speak English. Legal immigrants, such as my parents, all learn to speak English, so that is a fairly good sign of who is legal and who is not.
Vanderpool also needs to get his terms correct. There is no such thing as an illegal "immigrant." "Immigrants" come through the immigration system. Illegals do not. You say something about your "usual group of idiots" referring to Mr. Vanderpool, etc. --and you were not kidding!