Letters to the Editor: May 31, 2017 

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Equal rights

President Donald Trump should extend to LGBT people the same rights and protections guaranteed on account of race, religion or nation of origin. This is not yet the case in Iran or the United Methodist Church, but someday it will be.

Nathaniel Batchelder Oklahoma City

Deleting history

As a concerned citizen of the state of Oklahoma, I am very much disappointed with the new design of the Oklahoma tag. I wanted to share this information with someone who may be able to see if others are disappointed with the stripping of the Native American art that was previously on there. I did not hear of anything taking place on the news outlets nor on social media that made us aware of this change. This should be voted upon.

Considering the issues with the Dakota Access Pipeline, I felt the change of the tag was inconsiderate of the Native Americans who have already been stripped of their land and heritage. This issue, to me, is another area of stripping true American history from our everyday lives. To replace it with a bird doesn’t uphold the true value and significance of the culture and history that the Natives have in Oklahoma. The tag reminded us of the history of this land and the true ownership of the first descendants.

As a reader of the Gazette, I thought this would be an opportunity to share my concerns with my fellow readers. Someone may read this and find it their very own sentiments and just didn’t know where to address the questions and concerns. Even if my voice isn’t heard, I will have made an effort to use my voice and speak up about my dislikes of how Oklahoma decided to make this change.

Ira Viney Edmond

Tighten laws

Loose vicious dogs, especially large breeds, pose a serious safety problem; pets and human beings have been killed during dog attacks.

In June 2015, a 3-year-old Lawton boy playing in a backyard was killed by a pit bull. In July 2015, in Red Bird, three dogs attacked and killed a 67-year-old woman picking up empty cans on the side of a road. In October 2015, a 60-year-old man was killed in his yard in Oklahoma City by his neighbor’s five pit bulls that crawled under the fence.

April 8, an 82-year-old woman was mauled to death by two large (80-100 pounds) pit bull terriers while walking her dog (also killed) in Oklahoma City.

Attempts to ban pit bulls have failed. Following a 2011 Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling, state law now prohibits cities and towns from banning specific breeds.

Municipal codes in Oklahoma require dog owners to confine their pets using “a substantial fence or enclosure of sufficient strength.” Clearer regulations are essential to making them enforceable. A commission of experts should be appointed to formulate clear rules. Two starting points emerging from previous incidents: establish safe fence heights, depending on dog size and breed, to prevent jumping over the fence; and set fences and gates over brick walls, extending 1 foot above ground and 2 feet below ground level, to prevent digging under the fence.

When owners of vicious dogs ignore the regulations, impound the dogs at owners’ expense until they are compliant.

Price too high? Human life is priceless!

Raoul Carubelli Oklahoma City

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