I wish I could find a company to invest in that manufactures clay pigeons. The Iraqis will need replacement targets to shoot at now that we are finally pulling our troops out.
A hairy situation
As a retired teacher, I can attest that sometimes students show more wisdom than the authority figures who monitor them. David Middlecamp’s recent “Photos from the vault” column (Aug. 14) is a case in point. Paso Robles High School required students in the 1960s to trim their hair to a length the adults thought was proper.
Jon Dallons wanted to wear his hair a little longer and was suspended for noncompliance. We were doing the same thing at the Southern California school where I taught back in those days.
I thought it was such an irrelevant policy that I went before the school board to plead the case of the students who wanted to determine their own hair length. I said that I thought there was no relationship between hair length and behavior.
When I read about Dallons, I was moved to see how he was doing. Was he in prison? A mental institution? I did not reach Dallons, but had a nice talk with his proud father. Dallons is part owner of a manufacturing firm that makes high intensity quartz lamps that are used in thousands of industrial applications.
I don’t know how long his hair is. It doesn’t matter, not now, not then.
Injustice to 4-H
I recently read a letter in the paper by Gina De Carlo headlined “Pigs to slaughter” (Aug. 3) about how 4-H Club members should know about the inhumane killing of farm animals they raise for the fair.
I strongly disagree. Children who enter the 4-H program already have full knowledge of the fate of their animals. The negative claims the letter writer makes not only do an injustice to the children who work hard to raise these animals, but also to the community that advocates and supports the 4-H program, which teaches children and young adults to be responsible for something and to take pride in the time they spend with their animals.
Although I can sympathize with the ecological advocacy claims and the health concerns De Carlo raises, this is a large industry that relies on the production and sale of pigs for income. Also, the lean parts of the pig are an excellent, low-fat source of protein.
By claiming that slaughterhouses can be horrifically inhumane, the writer paints a picture that is narrow-minded and ignores the many producers who do not operate that way.