Local shelters

In the wake of national news that the Humane Society of the United States is going through a major sexual harassment scandal involving top executives, people should know that local humane societies are not affiliated with this national group, despite the similar names.

It’s easy to confuse local shelters with the national group. For years, the Humane Society of the United States has raised money off the good names of local pet shelters while only giving a paltry 1 percent of its $126 million budget to help these local pet shelters. Instead, the money has gone to finance its executives’ exorbitant salaries and pensions, to hire a fleet of lawyers and lobbyists, and to stash away over $50 million in offshore accounts. And now, news reports reveal that money was used to pay off female staffers who were reportedly mistreated.

Please support your local shelters. It’s the best way to help needy animals in the community.

Will Coggin, Managing Director, Consumer Freedom, Washington, D.C.

Our priorities awry

The other morning, I drove behind the house to see the new calf born on the coldest night of this year. At just three days old, I noted how cute, playful and happy it appeared to be. While it is not uncommon to read about it, I never could understand how people could be cruel to any animal. Then it occurred to me.

In most states, intentionally killing a dog is a misdemeanor with a fine up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment up to a year. On a fourth or subsequent conviction, it becomes a fourth-degree felony with a fine up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment up to 18 months. People are dragged through the media amid such crimes. Whole families are ruined forever.

And killing a baby? Abortion? Cheers and the flow of more money from the left. Money always tells people where your heart lies.

Tom Ramsey, Crawford

Sex and violence

If powers that be wonder why our kids demonstrate so much violence these days, they should take a long look at the movies children watch at local movie houses. In surveying a list of recent movies in the Tribune-Herald the other day, I found only three that did not have violence, some sexuality and/or nudity in them.

A pretty picture of Australian actress Margot Robbie, portraying ice-skating figure Tonya Harding, beckoned, suggesting a wholesome movie to watch. But it too has frequent crude language, sexuality, nudity and violence in its two-hour screening.

Bill Foster, Waco

Who’s second class?

I have been reading and hearing about “second-class citizens” plenty lately. I have attempted to look the term up on Google and in my Webster’s Dictionary. I have found nothing.

I thought you were or were not a citizen. Someone, please explain this term.

Mercer Buchanan, Waco