Law is unfair to animals
In responding to the views of John Nussdorf (Opinion, Nov. 13), I recognize that he is not in a position to do any research, but his arguments contained in his letter fall flat.
I have done extensive research over the past 40 years; and believe I know more about animal welfare than 95 percent of the best legal minds out there.
This is because, from the time of cetaceans, predators have been collected, euthanized, institutionalized and bred. While 50 percent of the predators in the wild today have no predators, and all raptors are endangered, this practice of hunting, hunting to death, protecting the insurance policy is not only unjust, but it puts an end to life.
And it is never the prey, but the predators that live, often to a very advanced age. Killing and hunting of animals is not ethical. From a traditional ethical perspective, we human beings should be happy to let our pets run wild.
What he is claiming as “thrill,” merely ensures that an animal has to be exterminated, just like any other human being. Animal hoarding in this age of our movement of population does not take any animals from the wild, it takes animals who are being mistreated and who may not be able to survive through the months without help.
I do not call my work “killing animals,” but simply adoptions from our sanctuary. At this point, we would not even be starting another shelter if those people followed the state law and the proper ordinances.
Over the past 12 years, we have taken nearly 4,500 animals, 1,500 of which were taken from the streets of California and the unlicensed adoption of hundreds more.
I know from my investigations that allowing for such behavior will lead to many animals being adopted with no special training or personal experience with these animals. Imagine going back to live on the streets with all those animals that will now be taken away, never to see the light of day again!
— JEFF DENNERMAN, DVM, Patton Air Force Base, Desert Hot Springs
Net neutrality is no overreach
The concern over increased internet and television access to unaffiliated video websites, using cloud service technology, is a valid concern. The question is, which service provider receives profits, no matter where the traffic is transmitted? Net neutrality is a neutral internet policy that prevents internet service providers from discriminating against any Internet content.
— Taylor Swenson, Banning
Defense of Measure A
The Measure A, Renaissance Downtown Plan, is good news for Banning. Renewal will allow us to move forward and achieve the professional standards necessary to fulfill our vision for a modern city. It will accelerate traffic to completion of the improvements included in our plan and narrow our focus on a smaller number of projects on which we already have funding commitments.
We know from prior experience that it is significantly cheaper and quicker to complete major projects under the Renaissance umbrella. However, we can’t complete the project without Phase 1 funds being put to use to demolish all those buildings which need to come down.
The City Council recognizes that Measure A construction, not Measure A campaign contributions, is best for Banning. Councilman Mike Lara and the staff that he appointed, including former Planning Director A.J. Snyder, urge city voters to approve Measure A and to insist on proper funding to remove the city’s blighted structures.
Councilman Lara believes that the speed at which the projects are being scheduled in the Renaissance plan is unsustainable. He and his supporters have reached a compromise with ICA Ventures that will allow the Downtown transformation plan to be completed in phases. While this is not ideal for all parties, it will allow all parties involved to focus on the site redevelopment portions of the project and avoid the delays that would have continued the development process.
In short, The City Council and ICA Ventures understand that Downtown project objectives require all necessary funding to be achieved. The City Council understands the urgency of getting Downtown underway, without delay.
— John Banning, San Manuel Councilman