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KITTENS: Humans created feral cat problem

Re: “Kittens in shelters likely to be killed” (TNT, 4-13).

Before we recruit all the sympathy to the side of the kittens, let’s consider the birds. The Audubon Society has conducted extensive studies of the impacts of cats and especially feral cats on the songbird population. These are well-documented efforts, and the results make it clear that programs that call for neutering and releasing feral cats are poor choices from this perspective.

While recognizing the challenge that euthanasia presents to animal rights activists, we need to acknowledge that we created the feral cat problem with its devastating impacts on

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ENVIRONMENT: Are activists modern Druids?

Re: “Why was article even published?” (letter, 4-24).

The writer refuted Professor Robert H. Nelson’s contention that environmentalism and traditional religion are similar. Christianity was cited to support the professor’s argument.

Perhaps the writer is right in claiming the environmental movement cannot be equated to Christianity. Christianity deals with the spirituality of humans while environmentalists deal with the spirituality of trees, etc.

The environmentalists’ literature is loaded with references to the spiritualist feelings projected by living trees, etc. The environmentalists’ near worship of nature could easily be compared to the Druids who preached their religion in ancient Britain

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ENVIRONMENT: Why was article published?

In his April 19 commentary, Robert H. Nelson, professor of environmental policy at the University of Maryland, claims that environmentalism and traditional religion are enough alike to be treated as constitutionally the same.

To support this view, Nelson selects Bible passages and commentary from John Calvin, Paul Tillich and David Brower, none of which address the critical differences between these categories.

It’s certainly true that some people who identify themselves as environmentalists aren’t very careful about evaluating the science that underlies the movement or the resulting policy choices. Others may simply believe that the planet is being overstressed and

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TAXES: Writer failed to explain U.S. IOUs

Re: “New political buzzwords only serve to obscure the same old problems” (TNT, 1-1).

I suppose we’re all expected to feel grateful that Bloomberg View columnist Amity Shlaes has put down her dog-eared copy of “Atlas Shrugged” and reached for her dictionary to tell us what’s up. Nice try, Amity.

And, since she accuses us all of being naive enough to believe the distorted, standard political story, it seems fair to wonder if she doesn’t have her own shortcomings here.

For example, she lets us know that payroll taxes aren’t really taxes at all, but pension payments into an insurance

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WAR: Large military furthers failed policy

Re: “Lt. general gives voice to military sacrifices” (TNT, 3-6).

In calling attention to the military’s sacrifices, Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly makes the claim that those who do not support these endless wars are slighting our warriors and mocking their commitment to this nation.

But let’s consider another scenario. We choose to make war because we have a large military establishment which makes it possible to make mistakes like the invasion of Iraq, and to maintain a 10-year-and-counting war presence in Afghanistan, not necessarily because it is in the national interest.

The landscape of Britain features multiple monuments to

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