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We are morally opposed to all forms of legalized gambling as it constitutes an unconscionable tax upon the poor and less sophisticated members of our society.  We have also found that virtually everyone that visits Southland smokes.

However, one thing we have not encountered at Southland is rampant animal abuse and/or neglect, which may come as a surprise to the readers of the recent cover article ("On the backs of dogs," June 20) on greyhound racing at Southland.

Nearly everyone we have encountered in the past several years at Southland charged with caring for the greyhounds absolutely loves them. The kennels are kept clean, the greyhounds are well fed and are regularly exercised.

Your reporter showed little understanding of breed. Greyhounds — and greyhound racing — are as ancient as the wind they emulate when they run. Paintings of greyhounds can be found in the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs and the breed gets the only shout-out among all canine breeds in the Kings James Bible.  

While we consider ourselves the first to defend the helpless and we do understand where the members of GREY2K USA are coming from, we believe it would be better to improve the industry through better regulation rather than to eliminate the sport altogether.

Greyhounds have been bred for centuries to do one thing: run really fast. Eliminate the sport and you risk eliminating one of the most graceful and gentle creatures on the planet.

Finally, if you want to help to improve the life of a greyhound and have room in your home and your heart, by all means adopt one. You will not regret it. We went to Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option in West Memphis in 2009 with a friend who was adopting one. Not only were all of our preconceived notions about greyhounds and greyhound racing proved wrong, we fell in love. We went back a few weeks later planning to adopt one Greyhound. We left with two.  

James and Kathleen Fisher

Little Rock

Corporations don't care

Corporations are not in business to create jobs. Corporations are in business solely to accumulate wealth, which often involves laying off workers and replacing them with automated devices and systems. This is a basic principle of business.

Republicans say corporations will save America. Well, America is actually in pretty good shape right now, certainly better than when George W. Bush was president. Besides, corporations are not in business to save America.

By nature, corporations are unreliable because they are subject to the whims and desires of arbitrary stockholders; the boom and bust of stock markets everywhere; the greed and fraud of corporate executives, and global outsourcing. Rarely do corporations die by taxation; rather they fall by the greedy hand of the free market. If there were not taxation, corporations could not get government assistance.

"For the love of money is the root of all evil," said Jesus' disciple Timothy. Well, "greed is good," said Gordon Gekko. Billionaires possess greed and evil in extraordinary quantities. The captains of industry are not intrinsically concerned about the welfare of the common American. Their concern is profit.

Gene Mason

Jacksonville

'For white birds only'

I read with delight the article by Michael D. Brown, "Distinctions which God has not made" (cover story, June 6). Having survived those dark years at Harding College, I experienced anew memories of President Benson's seemingly endless speeches against government, against integration and in support of unfettered markets. I well remember the outrageous, illogical, pathetically ludicrous "birds" speech. As I recall, Benson actually used the cliche, "Birds of a feather flock together." My friends and I have subsequently referred to the speech as "the birds of a feather" speech.

We had mandatory attendance at chapel: assigned seats, roll checks, and punishment for absences. That semester I sat on the back row of the auditorium, second seat from the center aisle. In the aisle seat beside me sat a delightfully odd man, whom I quite liked: quiet, creative, mysterious and a bit "oily." About halfway through the infamous speech, he slithered from his seat and through the adjacent doors in pursuit of an undisclosed mission.

Most people in chapel exited through the rear doors, which gave way to the lily pond in front of the building. The location of my seat provided immediate exit, so I came in sight of the lily pond right away. Astonished, I beheld a worthy spectacle in the birdbath in the center of the pond! A crudely written sign displayed in large letters, "For white birds only." What a totally marvelous coup de grâce!

I felt certain, and remain convinced, that my esteemed chapel buddy did this splendid, audacious deed. He strenuously denied that he did it — but, of course, he would.

The sign quickly and mysteriously disappeared, but the delightful memory prevails.

Ted Bailey

Conway

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