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Letters to the editor: Mending the herd

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Mending the herd

As volunteers of RVR Horse Rescue, we are saddened by the recent and one-sided coverage of our rescue. We would like to share with you what we witness.

At RVR, we have seen over 140 abused and starved horses enter the gates at the ranch; the worst cases of abuse and neglect come to call us their home. We have seen over 80 find loving families, and more than 30 are at the ranch waiting for permanent homes.

We spend our free hours caring for these horses. We feed them specialized diets to aid their recovery. We tend to their injuries, hooves and skin conditions, and we help them heal from psychological wounds.

We expend our sweat making a clean, safe and beautiful home for them. We clean stalls and pastures, build and mend fences and tend to the grounds. We repair equipment and facilities.

We exert our energy holding fundraisers to cover the feeding and medical costs of the horses at the ranch. We have built partnerships with professionals and businesses in the community to provide the best care and supplies for them. We seek grants to support the growing numbers of horses that need us.

We shed our tears for the horses we cannot save from the damage of starvation or abuse, and for the ones who leave us due to old age and disease.

We have come with our families to spend time at the ranch, and in doing so have created an entirely new one. RVR is a family of its own.

We fulfill the mission of RVR: to be the voice of those that cannot speak for themselves. We save horses and are proud of our work. We have seen defeated, walking skeletons transform into healthy, galloping herds. We are committed to continuing our mission.

We invite you to witness our work. Visit us on our Facebook page to see evidence of the transformations that happen at RVR (www.facebook.com/RVRHorserescue). Visit the ranch on Saturday for our Rescue Awareness Day event called Run-A-Muck.

Kelly Ford

Valrico

Editor’s note: This letter also was signed by 64 others.

Interesting analogy

According to Al Sharpton, President Obama has “risen” after being crucified. That’s an interesting analogy considering Christ was never accused of lying or deceiving anyone. Who are those people who are crucifying Obama? Could it be those who lost their health-care programs or doctors because of Obamacare? And will we ever find the true numbers on what impact Obamacare has on our economy and our country’s health care? I understand politics are behind much of the criticism of Obamacare, but all this could be put behind us if the president and his colleagues, such as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, would step up to the plate and open the books on Obamacare. Maybe then Obama will not need Sharpton to take a parallel from the Bible to defend him.

Ron Dakin

Spring Hill

Let doctors decide

Regarding Douglas MacKinnon’s April 18 op-ed (“Medical pot push driven by profit,” Metro): Although there have been studies showing marijuana can shrink cancerous tumors, medical marijuana is essentially a palliative drug. If a doctor recommends marijuana to a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy and it helps them feel better, then it’s working. This is a quality-of-life decision best left to patients and their doctors.

Drug warriors waging war on noncorporate drugs contend that organic marijuana is not an effective health intervention. Their prescribed intervention for medical marijuana patients is handcuffs, jail cells and criminal records. This heavy-handed approach suggests that drug warriors should not be dictating health-care decisions. It’s long past time to let doctors decide what is right for their patients. Sick patients should not be jailed for daring to seek relief from marijuana.

Robert Sharpe

Arlington, Va.

Climbing the ladder

Regarding “Minimum-wage positives” (Your Views, April 21): I would like to remind Alan Cohn that minimum wage is a step on the ladder to get to a higher step; a minimum-wage job was never meant to be a career job. If the minimum wage is raised, prices will increase to offset the increased wage. People will stop eating out as often or change their purchasing habits. And if the minimum wage is raised high enough, it will put those people in a higher tax bracket and they will net less; this is also a concern that Cohn fails to mention. Affordable higher education is the answer so people can get a job that pays more and will enable them to climb higher on the ladder.

Stephen Burchett

Seffner

Close open wallet

We hope all Americans are upset and opposed to the announcement that in addition to our already-committed foreign aid to Ukraine, Joe Biden just promised the country $50 million in new aid. We have seen the palatial palaces these leaders built. We can’t balance our budget, yet we go to their shores with an open wallet, saying, “Here, take more.” Where are the checks and balances that Congress has on these giveaways?

There are more than 185 countries in the world, and we are supplying a majority of them with foreign aid. A lot of those countries don’t even like us. Let’s help America first.

Ken Krug

Sebring

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