Free Speech Letters, 11/15/11

Cheers for beards!
Three cheers and hats off for this group of fine facial-follicled folk! Not only are they “saving the world from social tyranny, one beard at a time,” but they are doing it in grand fashion by their charitable contributions! The world needs more groups of men (and women!) like this!
Steve Scarpa
[RE: “May the beard be with you” by Benjamin Dale, 11/8/11]

Rockwell review
Dear Jud,
As a former student of yours (SVA, 1979-80), I was pleased to see your thoughtful Rockwell review.
Ron Schick
[RE: “Through his eyes” by Jud Yalkut, 11/8/11]

“Sweetie” as pie
I just wanted to tell you how much I love your writing. I just finished reading your response to the ban on exotic animals in Ohio, and first off, I love how you kept calling Governor Kasich “sweetie.” Brilliant. I agree, as I usually do with you, about this issue, maybe the typical citizen isn’t trained to handle a 600-pound bear, or a tiger that can slice you in half with one slap of a paw, and don’t get me started with the face ripping monkeys. If the ZAA cares so much about nature, then let the animals stay in their own natural habitat, which I’m sure isn’t on I-75, or where ever they wandered off to.
Anyway, sorry — tangent there. Just wanted to say I open the City Paper every week hoping to see your articles; they’re great! (At least there’s one harmless tiger, Tony, get it?) Keep them coming.
P.S. Also love the tagline, so true.
Kyndel Curtis
[RE: Debate Forum Left: “What kind of cage would the make the governor happy?” by Benjamin Tompkins, 11/8/11]

Wonderful motivators
I met these two young men today and I had no idea that “The Unit” was so powerful! I am amazed, humbled [and] in complete awe of the story behind The Unit. I never would have imagined that Mr. Hall and Mr. Perdue had developed such an enterprising community venture in Dayton, and non-profit to boot. Great work guys! See ya soon.
ViMari English
Dayton, Ohio
[RE: “Being the change” by Caroline Shannon-Karasik, 10/11/11]

Erroneous “facts”
A few errors here:
1. It’s not all about people. A caged animal is not a happy animal. Would you cage your dog, allowing him out only once in every 14 days? (Hint: “Of couse not” is the only acceptable amswer.)
2. The alligators in the Everglades are living in the wild. Can’t say the same for the exotic animals under discussion.
3. Drugs, banned or otherwise, are not alive and have no feelings. If you tell that animals (to wit, your pet dog or cat) have no feelings, your are beyond redemption.
Think a bit further.
Lulu T.
[Re: Debate Forum Right: “You can’t ban nature” by Mark Luedtke, 11/8/11]

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