Letters to the editor

Anticrime bill

I would like to thank Senator Marco Rubio for standing up to crime by cosponsoring the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (S. 1406/H.R. 1518), an anticrime bill that will stop an abusive horse training practice known as soring.

I am proud that he supports stopping this cruel practice and it is time for Senator Bill Nelson and Representative Tom Rooney to take a stand against this criminal animal torture as well.

Horses are sored to exaggerate a natural high-stepping gait. Unfortunately, they are often confined to their stalls for extended periods of time with legs swathed in caustic chemical and wrapped in plastic to “cook” the chemicals deeply into their skin. It is common to see horses lying down in their stalls, consumed with pain.

This cruelty is done for one reason only — for people who turn a blind eye to this brutality masquerading as entertainment. The Florida Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the National Sheriff’s Association endorse this bill, as do over 350 members of Congress.

Senator Nelson and Representative Rooney need to follow the lead of veterinary professionals, law enforcement and Senator Rubio by cosponsoring this anticrime bill.

Gail Leavitt


Support for Hinson

Congratulations to Al Joe Hinson who is running for a seat on the Highlands County School Board District 1. Should he be elected, this would be the first person of color on the board since I retired and returned to live in my hometown of Sebring in 1998.

I am praying the citizens of Highlands County will open their eyes, hearts and minds, and take a real good look at what the old Pontiac Indian chief proverb was saying: A good council meeting is “when all the tribe’s leaders are present” and representing their tribes.

Al Joe has shown by his actions that he is interested in working with and for children and disadvantaged people, regardless of race, religion, etc.

The Rev. Robert J. Walker


For the people

There are three people running for governor of the state of Florida. Two little boys are throwing mud at each other and the third is going around talking to people and asking them to vote for her.

Where is the League of Women Voters? Where are the other women’s organizations — Older Women’s League, Business and Professional Women — and don’t forget the men’s organizations. Are they interested to know what she has to say, or are they happy with the good ole boys?

Have we come to this — with enough money you can buy any political seat you want? I’m naïve enough to think politicians were elected by the people and therefore they are the employees and the people are their employer!

What say you? Is our government, state or federal, for the people and by the people?

Alice Finkelstein

Avon Park