Letters from the Issue of February 16, 2006

Everything about this seems a bit hypocritical

We have posted on our Website an independent environmental monitoring study that commented pollution problems "could" happen if offshore aquaculture operations are not properly planned or managed. Mr. Hauter put together bits and pieces of these comments to make statements out of context in his letter. Indeed, the report concludes with a positive perception of offshore aquaculture.

To improve our operation, our company has been following the suggestions and recommendations from the report. Offshore aquaculture expansion should not go unchecked, and a proper regulatory structure will help weed out poorly planned and managed projects.

Other environmental studies are currently underway, and the final reports will become available on our Website when they are complete. Our company and others in the field are working hard to develop a responsible industry here in the United States. It is people like Mr. Hauter who are forcing technology, jobs, and income to other countries, where there will likely be less oversight, less regard for the environment, and less concern for product quality.

Brian O'Hanlon, president
Snapperfarm, Inc.
Via the Internet

Big Bust

Cop ambivalence: The photo accompanying Josh Schonwald's story "The First Bust of 2006" (January 26) should be of Officers Fedak and Wing, not the perpetrator. It seems the criminal was more important than the people who protect you by putting their lives on the line every day.

My first reaction was you were glorifying the criminal more than the officers. However, maybe printing officers' pictures would endanger their lives — but I still don't like the cameo of the criminal.

Teri Admire

Hide 'Em, Charlie

Then we'll off 'em: In reference to Francisco Alvarado's "Death by the Pound" (January 26): After the hurricane, my wooden fence around the back yard fell down. We had a generator in our back yard, and one night, after we went outside to pour gasoline into it, my fifteen-year-old terrier, who is partially blind and deaf, sneaked out of the yard without our noticing. When we awoke the next day, she was gone.

The following day I went to animal control to try to find her. They told me to look around. I was totally heartbroken to see all of these caged animals. I wanted to take each and every one of them home. The cages were dirty, and the animals were sitting in feces and urine.

I'm writing this letter because my dog was placed in an area the public does not see. It's the area where sick dogs are kept. If I hadn't asked, I wouldn't have recovered my beloved dog. I don't think they should be set aside and forgotten. These animals should be able to be seen by the public.

Also the majority of the staff at animal control is totally heartless and unsympathetic to animals. After I found her, I had to wait to pay the fee, and the lady at the front desk was rude, nasty, and treated everyone there as if they bothered her. I had been through a terrible ordeal after searching and finally finding my dog, and this woman did not even want me to take my dog home. She had to be reminded to try to be a little more patient as far as the paperwork.

I was so glad to see your article exposing all of these problems at animal services. It is about time something is done to solve them. As far as I can remember, these problems have existed, and no one cares enough to go in and clean up the place. I guess all the politicians have other priorities and animals are not important enough. Let's hope for some changes.

Please continue to stay on top of this issue — don't forget about it. Keep writing and exposing the atrocities committed to these beautiful animals that can't fend for themselves.

Leyda Raya

Take This Sandwich

And put it between your knees: The recent rant by The Bitch about the poetry reading at Luna Star, "One Dead Groove" (January 26), reminded me of a goopy, unsavory product — Smucker's Goober — that came out a few years ago. The writer jammed two items that are often in the same vicinity into the same review. The idea for Goober is that lazy people can't be bothered with opening two jars in order to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Perhaps your reviewer thought she could check off two assignments — literary and fashion review — by writing about them both in one article. Or perhaps she was annoyed because she wanted the fashion assignment but got stuck with poetry, which she knew nothing about and did not wish to write about, and so opted to take an "I'll show you" attitude.

The key to eating a Goober sandwich is not to look at it; it's a nasty mess. Fortunately, when you put the two slices of bread together, you don't have to look at it. Because most readers have no intention of eating their New Times, the same advice can't be followed for the review. The other problem with Goober is that if you love peanut butter, you get too much jelly and not enough peanut butter — or vice versa. Readers of the poetry review were left similarly dissatisfied.

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