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Irresponsible pet owners

Dear editor:

On Sunday, I took my little terrier for a walk on the Greenway. I looked up and saw a young man with two large dogs coming toward us so I pulled Scooter to the side of the trail. Then I noticed they were both pit bulls and one was not on a leash. The loose dog immediately locked his jaws around my dog's back. I kicked at his head, but he wouldn't let go. The owner came closer and then the other dog also jumped on Scooter. I don't know how we finally got Scooter loose, but by then he was ripped up and bloody. He was taken to the vet and later died.

Several years ago, some neighbors from an apartment near me had a pit bull. Unknown to me, they let him out in the unfenced yard every morning. One day he attacked my cocker spaniel. She survived, but was never the same. When I told the owners I expected them to help pay the $600 bill, they moved away.

I have nothing against pit bulls. They just do what they were bred to do. However, something needs to be done about irresponsible owners. A friend suggested they be fined $500 for letting their dogs run free. Frankly, I'd like to see them in jail, but that would just mean more loose pit bulls.

This is a problem that needs to be fixed.

Carole Katchen

Hot Springs

Saving too much daylight

Dear editor:

I have a confession to make. I have always been a climate change denier. I have never believed that the human ego was so large to believe that we could affect the weather conditions on the planet. I can understand creating a situation where our environment could be made unhealthy or even unlivable but not the entire planet. A while back a climate scientist from Tennessee warned us about this. He warned the ice caps would melt and all the polar bears would drown and go extinct. He must have been right because I can't remember the last time I encountered a polar bear. The massive brush and forest fires in California are another perfect example of the problem. When I lived in California these fires only occurred every year and were usually followed by floods and mudslides. Now, I imagine these devastating fires will occur every year and will be followed by floods and mudslides. Devastating -- unimaginable.

I have recently concluded a lifelong scientific climate study and I have been successful in determining the cause of all this chaos. It's Daylight Saving Time. Really. No joke. It's not fossil fuels, it's not deforestation and not even the dreaded bovine flatulence. We have simply saved more extra daylight than the planet can safely handle. This has been happening for about 100 years. It started out as a few weeks a year but over time it has now become nearly 70% of each year. Over time we have managed to bring about an unbalance to nature. The good news is -- this can be fixed. It might take a bit to notice a difference but it won't be expensive. Just return to Standard Time nationwide and stay on it. Arizona noticed this phenomena years ago and made the change. Their climate stabilized and it's still the way I remember it from 70 years ago.

Forget about the Green New Deal being the solution -- it's unnecessary and way too expensive. I'm positive we can find other ways to waste money. Besides, in another 100 years there will be a completely new fuel available for producing our electricity. It's fairy dust. At the rate this fuel is being churned out each year by our fabulous university systems, I'm guessing they have uncovered an endless supply of it.

Douglas P. Gallaher

Hot Springs

DST lunacy

Dear editor:

Here we go again! Switching our clocks back and forth twice a year for no quantifiable reason. There is beginning to be a groundswell of opposition to this lunacy, but no sense of urgency by our government. We have been doing DST for years and there is no positive outcome, but there are plenty of negative outcomes. Medical issues increase with DST, our internal clocks are disrupted, children get on the bus in the dark, clock confusion, late/early for events, disrupts your routine and the list goes on. If there was a benefit to this lunacy that would make a difference, but after years of study there is no quantifiable beneficial outcome. So, quit doing it!

Stansel Harvey

Hot Springs

Editorial on 11/05/2019

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