So who’s hateful?

I counted 23 protesters in the photos accompanying Mike Copeland’s story on an anti-abortion protest at Waco Planned Parenthood. I know, too, everyone was all aghast at the “I’m gonna kill it” remark by a clinic visitor when accosted by a protester — no doubt a comment intended to shock and make them uncomfortable. It’s not unlike the comment by Ronnie Holmes to me when I walked through the parking lot, accusing me of torturing small animals. Of course, Ronnie, John and their folks all think that everyone who walks through the door is getting an abortion. They conveniently forget women go there for pap smears, contraception, STI testing, breast exams, etc.

Cheryl Foster, Waco

Cannon fodder

Not long ago I watched protesters in Durham tear down and spit upon a statue dedicated to Confederate soldiers. This was not some general or politician. It was a common, cannon-fodder soldier who topped that pedestal. The men this was dedicated to had little education and, before enlisting, probably never went more than 20 miles from where they were born. The common soldier likely had very little information. Of course, there were no social media, no radio, no TV.

It’s no wonder his loyalty was more to his state than some faraway federal government. It’s unlikely he had slaves. Once he marched off to war, his loyalty and thoughts had to do with the men marching beside him and the hope he and his comrades would go home when the war was over. Soldiers on both sides displayed courage and compassion.

Today there are those who judge those men by today’s standards. These modern, self-righteous protesters call those soldiers traitors and supporters of slavery. Judging those men from perspectives of privilege and comfort, these protesters display both ignorance of history and the arrogance that ignorance and conceit can bring.

Lee Van Wagner, Lorena

Halloween for pets

This Halloween, pet owners partaking in frightening family fun should keep all their little ghouls and goblins safe, including the four-legged ones. Tricks for treats? Only if those treats are safe for pets. Many candies can be toxic to animals. Chocolate and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener Xylitol can be particularly dangerous if ingested, so keep your pet from sniffing around the candy bowl.

With trick-or-treaters roaming the streets, pets can become disoriented and scared. Be sure to provide a safe, quiet space where they can retreat — and watch the door for escape artists: many pets will try to disappear outside if given the chance. Keeping your pet safe this Halloween doesn’t have to be tricky. With a few precautions, the entire family can safely enjoy the holiday’s scares.

Dr. Kwane Stewart, Chief Veterinary Officer, American Humane