March 7, 2013

Letters to the editor, March 7, 2013
Pentagon budget needs judicious cuts

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The Lockheed Martin F-35B is unveiled in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2007. The Defense Department should invest more in long-range missiles and less in “expensive aircraft like the F-35,” a reader says.

2007 File Photo/The Associated Press

Sam Kelley
Scarborough

Pet lovers shouldn't provide market for puppy mill dogs

The sign posted on their door told customers that they were remodeling. But the truth is that Little Paws Pet Shop in Scarborough was quarantined for a month after selling a puppy infected with parvovirus to a consumer. The puppy died a few days after purchase.

Sadly, these heartbreaking stories are common. Almost every day, The Humane Society of the United States receives calls from people who unknowingly purchased sick puppies from pet stores.

Despite the promises that pet store owners make and despite all of the seemingly official paperwork they provide to consumers, almost all puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills.

A puppy mill is an inhumane, commercial dog-breeding facility in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits.

The dogs typically live in small wire cages, with little food, water or veterinary care. They are forced to breed continuously. When they can no longer breed, they are discarded. With such little care, it is not surprising that the puppies these dogs produce are often sick.

Consumers can avoid the heartbreak of bringing a sick puppy into their home by considering adoption from a shelter or rescue, or by purchasing a dog from a responsible breeder who the consumer has met in person and who has shown the consumer where their puppies are born and raised.

Stopping puppy mills starts with you.

Katie Hansberry
Maine state director, The Humane Society of the United States
Portland

Bill of Rights helps keep federal government in line

Lots of conversation about the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment. I see that many miss the point.

The Bill of Rights was written to protect us from government.

• "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State "

Translation: We must have protection. We need a militia.

• " The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Translation: Because there is a militia, the people need to be able to protect themselves from the tyranny that can be enforced by a militia.

We are free to have arms because we need to protect ourselves from tyranny.

The Second Amendment protects us from government, like the First Amendment does -- as do the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and 10th amendments.

The whole point of the Bill of Rights is that the framers feared what governments can do and can become. Our Bill of Rights protects us from government abuse of our freedoms.

Scott Simmonds
Saco

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