Letters: Gilroy fortunate to have wonderful principals heading high schools

I just read the article regarding Gilroy High School Principal
Marco Sanchez and Christopher High School Principal John
Perales.
Dear Editor,

I just read the article regarding Gilroy High School Principal Marco Sanchez and Christopher High School Principal John Perales. We are very lucky these two made the decision to return to our community.

I realized the main theme in the success of both these men was the influence of their parents, directly and indirectly. Mr. Perales’ parents directly participated in his education. Mr. Sanchez’s mother participated by her actions. She also was the driving force in his decision to turn his life around after her death. I commend these parents for their decision to become active and participate in their children’s education.

They realized early on that their participation was not only the responsibility of the school it was also the responsibility of being a parent. If more parents took an active part in their child’s education maybe more of our children would succeed in life as these two men have.

They are a fantastic example of what happens when parents choose to be responsible for their child’s education.

Barbara Guerrero, Gilroy

Holier-than-thou contingent bent on restricting dog breeders – why?

Dear Editor,

The latest crusade by the socialist left is against dog (and cat) breeding. The holier-than-thou folks who think animals have rights (the liars also think health care is a right, but I digress) are forever looking to nose into (and siphon off) private activities.

They want to pile even more unnecessary rules on our overregulated, bankrupt state. Controlling others gives purpose to their pathetic lives. This move (to “control” dog and cat breeding) is sponsored and backed by Democrat “representatives” because it is justification for more worthless state employees to lord over us.

Their straw-man (propaganda) says that breeders are selling what they can and the rest are winding up at shelters at public expense. They provide no estimates of how many of the unwanted animals come from AKC (or other pedigree) breeders, how many from unpapered breeders, and how many from people who let their pets “run wild.”

They want us to pay money to the state to do this, and on top of that pay taxes on the sale of the pups. As a dog breeder, I can assure your readers that we never recoup the costs of breeding. Our females are bred only once every two years (to keep them in optimum health). Our motive is the strengthening of the lines (breed); the pups are never unwanted. We often have waiting lists.

But we are the ones who will be affected by such trash legislation. Said bills have been rejected two straight years, but the extremists continue to re-submit them, pandering to society’s losers. The best thing that could happen is the state’s bankruptcy. I relish the budget stalemate; let every state employee union (the lackeys of the state Democratic party) live on IOUs.

Alan Viarengo, Gilroy

Breed-specific laws with spay and neuter requirements are wrong

Dear Editor, Kudos to your resident Nancy Hjelmstad on such a well-written, factual, compassionate editorial. A Gilroy safety program should include all dogs equally! No breed-specific legislation and no spay/neuter regulations.

Good job, Nancy. We hope Gilroy is listening!

Kathy Gotschall

Kudos to newspaper for staying on top of high speed rail issue

Dear Editor,

The local press coverage of the High Speed Rail issue in Gilroy and public awareness of that is timely and critical.

Thank you for supporting that!

Yvonne Sheets-Saucedo, Gilroy

Cruelty to animals signals serious problem that needs looking into

Dear Editor,

The utter disregard for life and indifference to suffering displayed by the 12-year-old Atwater boy who allegedly killed two of his foster father’s dogs and injured a third by throwing them down irrigation pipes should concern everyone.

Animal abusers are bullies and cowards who take their issues out on “easy victims” – and they rarely limit themselves to hurting only animals. Psychiatrists, criminal profilers, and law enforcement officials have repeatedly documented that young people who are cruel to animals often turn that violence against humans. Cruelty to animals appears in the histories of all our nation’s serial killers and tragic school shooters. The FBI uses reports of cruelty to animals to gauge the threat potential of known criminals.

Experts agree that it is the abuser’s violence – not the victim’s species – that is a concern. It’s vital that people who hurt animals receive intervention – including counseling and a ban on contact with animals – to prevent their violence from continuing.

Martin Mersereau, Emergency Response Cruelty Investigations, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Norfolk, VA

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