March 31, 2014

Letter: Stop whining

If you’re over 40, you can remember when America was a nation of people that would come together for the common good. No more. We’re a nation of whiners and complainers.

I’ll start with an organization called PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. You may remember them from the 1980s and ‘90s when they used to vandalize fur coats by spraying the coats with paint. Now their focus is on circuses, saying it’s cruel to keep animals in cages. If you’ve been to a circus lately, you’ve probably noticed fewer exotic animals. They’re the reason. Yet I wonder what percentage of these people have ever taken in strays or adopted an animal from a shelter.

Then there are the groups protesting the death penalty. For years they directed their efforts on getting it banned. Now their strategy is to complain on technical grounds about what particular drug was used or that it took somebody too long to die. It probably took the poor guy they murdered too long to die, too!

And then there’s the people who protest nuclear power. What will they do when our supplies of fossil fuels run out? Are they going to buy all of us candles and the packs of matches to light the candles?

But I’ve saved the best for last. There’s actually a group wanting to bar football players (in the National Football League) from using swear words on the playing field. This is football, folks, not a tea party. Would somebody get these people a deck of playing cards or an electric train set? The rest of us are tired of reading about their silly causes.

Charles Hyder


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