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Sep. 29, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Animal crimes need tougher penalties

According to recent articles in the Herald-Dispatch, two Pedro-area men admitted to stabbing, slashing the throats and killing two dogs in Lawrence County, Ohio. They said the dogs were not targeted due to any problem with the dogs or their owners but were chosen simply because they were seen and the men decided to kill them.

The brutal murders of these dogs that, according to an assessment of the crime scene, tried to get away, was brutal and senseless. Were the dogs chained? Is that why they could not get away? One can only imagine the terror and pain inflicted on these innocent animals.

It is long past due for states to enact laws that would address different degrees of animal cruelty and related penalties. To think that the most jail time these two men could get for such brutality is seven months and they would then be freed upon society again is frightening.

To have carried out such senseless violence, one would have to be a sociopath. What if these men had not seen dogs that day but vulnerable people? Would that have made a difference?

Carole Boster

Huntington

Campaign spending is too wasteful

The conventions are over, everyone has gone home, and we are now bombarded with recorded phone calls and glossy color advertisements from both sides. What a waste of money -- when they can be guests on TV talk shows and can be seen by millions. I would rather see pictures of candidates giving thousands of dollars to food banks, city missions, Green Acres and Crickets' Kids than filling up recycling bins.

The decision is simple! Romney is for the rich -- rich people vote for him! Obama is for the shrinking middle class, the poor, the disabled, single mothers and our veterans. If you feel these people need help, vote for Obama!

I don't need any calls or slick flyers. I am registered, decided and have TWO picture ID's, and am anxious to vote. I hope you are too! Register! Vote! It's free!

Linda Brady

Barboursville

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