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Leah Peterson

I am so glad that you wrote about the plight of the pets in Louisiana. I returned (recently) from working in Louisiana, and I can tell you there is a need for continuous coverage. The rescue is just the start.There are over 1,600 pets that are housed at Lamar Dixon in Gonzales, La., the intake point for the rescued animals, that need help. About 70-80 volunteers a day are caring for these traumatized pets. Many more volunteers are needed to replace those volunteers as they leave. The pets are living in 100 degree temperatures and need constant attention. Many of them are ill or injured and require additional help.These pets need not only food and water, but enough volunteers to give them human contact and affection until they are either evacuated to an out-of-state shelter, reunited with their families or are adopted by new families. Many of us traveled on our own dime, slept in our cars, and were lucky to get a shower. It will not be the easiest thing you will ever do, but I can promise it will be one of the most rewarding experiences to make a difference in the lives of these pets. I just do not want people to become complacent. There is still a lot of work to be done. Leah PetersonLacking cheerI recently attended the Battle Mountain High School homecoming football game. As a graduate of BMHS in 2001, I was shocked to see that quite a bit has changed in just four short years. I can remember being a frustrated cheerleader back in high school due to the lack of school spirit and crowd involvement at games. None of that changedsince I have been out of school.As I sit and look around the stands, there are tons of parents and students watching the game. I glance at the track where the cheerleaders once stood and instead of cheerleaders, I see a bunch of young dancers standing in a group talking away, not paying attention to what’s going on. This starts my frustration with the night. I am thinking to myself, “Where are the cheerleaders?” Thinking that they will just be making a late entrance, I concentrate on the game. Fifteen minutes into the game, still no sign of cheerleaders. I begin to see the rising frustration amongst the football players, who in their own way are trying to get the crowd more involved. After a few minutes of silence, I take it upon myself to try and do something about this apathetic crowd. My days as a cheerleader slowly coming back to me, I begin to yell, “Here we go, Huskies, here we go!” I go on cheering by myself with all of these people siting around me. I can hear faint cheers for a brief moment and then it stops. A few plays later, I attempt yet again to try and get a little enthusiasm from the crowd yelling,” Defense, defense!” Once again, I am alone in my cheering. When I finally stop yelling, I hear a comment from one of the parents mentioning the lack of participation from the crowd. My level of frustration was pretty high at this point. I sit through the first half of the game with the crowd being silent. By the time the dancers performed and the homecoming royalty called out, I was more then ready to leave this pathetic scene.A comment to the parents and students who do decide to attend sporting events. It takes a lot of courage for these athletes to get out on the field or court and play their hearts out. It does not help the strength or confidence of these athletes when they have no support or cheers leading them to believe that they are doing a good job in the sport they are playing. So, the next time any of you attend a game, think of how it would feel to be a player and have a silent crowd in the background. Take it upon yourself to try and motivate the crowd to give the athletes a boost in their confidence. As a former athlete, I can tell you that even just one cheer from the crowd goes a long way.Amanda RomeroMinturnDefining oppositionI have been reading Matt Zalaznik’s commentary’s for the last few years and I must say, “Bravo.” His beliefs truly do represent the beliefs and policy goals of the Democratic Party of this country. I believe, as Matt does, that our elected Democratic officials, including our local elected officials, must stop hiding their views beliefs and tell the truth. Among these views:1. They are for partial birth abortion. 2. They are against the Pledge of Allegiance even without “under God” in it. 3. They are for local government taking people’s private property and giving it to another private person or corporation. 4. They are for intolerance of people of faith. 5. They believe it’s the government’s money and not yours. 6. They believe in punishing success and entrepreneurship.7. They believe they are the elites and know what is good for you and will impose it on you if they can. 8. They are ecstatic with high gas prices. 9. They have blocked the building of gasoline refineries.10. They have blocked energy exploration and extraction making us dependent on foreign sources. 11. Their view of the environment trumps everything, even if the scientific facts prove otherwise.12. The environmental movement is a religion and is their religion.13. No tax is too high.14. They want socialized medicine and want to determine who gets and deserves medical care and who doesn’t, and that it will be rationed.15. They have no tolerance for other points of view other than their own.16. Facts and outcomes do not trump their beliefs and policy goals.17. They want their judges to write the laws outside of the democratic process instead of the will of the people through their elected officials.18. They are for racial hiring quotas and not hiring by merit.19. They are for racial admissions quotas in universities.20. They are for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants children.I totally agree with you, Matt, that your elected Democratic officials should tell the truth. …Rob Spangler Edwards Discrimination vs. seniorsI do not understand the comments by Vail Resort’s spokesperson, Ms. Ladyga, in justifying the continued discrimination of seniors over ticket pricing. She said seniors comprise a larger portion of the company’s business. Larger than what? She probably means that more seniors now have tickets when a more meaningful criterion is how many SKI DAYS are used vs. other age groups. She also says that they cannot justify subsidizing one group over another when in fact those under 20 are subsidized far more than seniors. A smarter approach to Vail’s senior ticket pricing is to follow Copper Mountain’s lead and allow free skiing during the off days of Monday through Thursday.Neil MuncasterVailVail, Colorado