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GREEDY, UNCARING AMISH

You are to be commended for running the article "Breeding Contempt" [July 21, 2010]. The reason these greedy, uncaring, people — and it's not just the Amish, but they are certainly among the greatest offenders — get away with abusing and exploiting dogs is that relatively few people know the extent of their cruelty toward these innocent creatures.

As sentient beings, these mill dogs suffer at the hands of soulless individuals who treat them as a product. Their suffering is truly beyond words — and all for what? To enable someone to make a mortgage payment? If that's their justification, they might as well sell their children into slavery or prostitution as well.

The other finger of shame should be pointed at state, local, and federal government for not enforcing the laws that are already on the books relating to proper standards of care. It is an absolute disgrace. Thank you for being the voice of the meek and defenseless, and for championing their cause.

Alex Chodakowski

Lakewood

PUPPY POWER

My God, I've been waiting for this information to be published in a mass publication! I will never forget the horrors I've seen at dog auctions or in countless backyards of Amish. I encourage everyone to educate themselves and relay the facts to others.

Missy Ickes

Paws & Prayers Pet Rescue,

WolfSpirit's Small Dog and

Puppy Mill Rescue

Lyndhurst

THINK OF THE CHILDREN

I've been to the auction on Route 557 to view things firsthand. I have met Ervin Raber, I've seen the vet inspections, and I can tell you this: Anyone could perform that examination. Animals were underweight, with runny eyes, matted fur, and had many other issues.

There are some Amish who really do want to do the right thing, but they need to stand up for what they feel is right and report those who are causing these issues. In the end, the dog is what suffers — and the families who want to love and protect these animals, but get heartbroken with children crying themselves to sleep because the puppy they thought they could save ends up fatally ill because it did not get the care it needed at a young age.

Wendy Wendt

North Royalton

DON'T MISS THE TRAIN

Take a look at how inter-city rail works in other states ["Derailed," July 14, 2010]. California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin all subsidize in-state or bi-state train service. There are seven trains a day in each direction between Milwaukee and Chicago, and five trains per day in each direction between St. Louis and Chicago. Ever heard of Normal, Illinois? Their station serves more than 180,000 passengers per year. It takes traffic off the interstates and keeps the states from having to expand lanes. These states have budget problems too, but they're adding trains to schedules because it's cost effective and popular.

John C. Thomas

Chicago

Gloria Nelson

Minneapolis, MN

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