Regarding the article about cats beaten and hung in a tree: If the one who did this is found, his or her punishment should be that a number of these animals be tied around his/her neck and left there for a week or two.
KATHLEEN DOHERTY, Hixson
Paul Krugman, an admitted Keynesian economist and New York Times columnist, has leaped to the defense of French socialist and economist Thomas Picketty's book, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," which has hit the New York Times list of best-sellers because its call for a "wealth" tax makes progressives salivate.
Krugman is upset because Picketty's critics have called him a Marxist, drawing attention to the fact that Picketty recommends economic policies that mimic the "planks" in Karl Marx's book, "The Communist Manifesto," including its call for a "heavy progressive tax on income." Would Krugman prefer the critics call Picketty a communist or socialist?
From an economic standpoint, communism, Marxism and socialism are identical.
Picketty's book merely repackages the tired economics claims of Marx, Engels, Keynes and Krugman. Nothing of Picketty's thesis is new, and what little logic it contains was completely refuted nearly a century ago (1922) by the brilliant Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises in his classic tome titled "Socialism."
It is truly amazing that Mises' "Socialism" anticipated and exploded every argument socialists have ever concocted against the theories of laissez-faire (free-market) economics, from Marx to Keynes to Krugman to Picketty.
After all these years Mises' Socialism is still in print, whereas the remainder copies of Picketty's book are likely to be sold for scrap before the year is out.
NED NETTERVILLE, Lone Oak, Tenn.
I would like to encourage everyone to participate in the "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive, this Saturday, May 10.
Each year, our letter carriers make it easy for you to donate nonperishable food for our neighbors in need.
All you have to do is put the bag of food at your mailbox, and they will pick it up Saturday.
This is a national program, so wherever you live the letter carrier will make sure the food goes to their local food bank.
As we approach the summer months, the food bank's supplies tend to run low, so now is a great time to help. I hope you'll join me in helping stamp out hunger, as close as your mailbox this Saturday.
The American Horse Council and countless other national and state horse groups stand alongside key individuals from within the Tennessee walking horse show world in their belief that it is immoral - as well as bad for their industry - to injure horses just for an exaggerated gait in the show ring.
They all support the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, S. 1406/H.R. 1518, to bring an end to the cruelty.
The PAST Act is also endorsed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, every state Veterinary Medical Association, National Sheriffs' Association, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and many others, and cosponsored by 320 members of Congress.
There are some people within the walking horse show world who want Congress to maintain the status quo so it can keep profiting from this terrible cruelty.
It's the equivalent of dog fighters coming to Congress and saying, "Don't do anything to make the federal law any tougher - we want to keep getting away with dog fighting and not have anyone get in our way!"
I am disappointed to see that Sen. Lamar Alexander and Rep. Marsha Blackburn are opposing the PAST Act and have introduced a bill that would have the effect of continuing to allow soring abuses to infect the industry.
KEITH DANE, VP, Equine Protection for Humane Society of the U.S.