First, thank you to the Bradenton Herald for publishing two excellent op-ed articles on Nov. 9. The first article of interest was "To succeed, county's No Kill pet effort needs broad support" by Debra Starr. The article was very informative and educational.
Secondly, thank you for the "Happy birthday to Extension" article by Mackenzie Johnson. I am finding that there is quite a bit of ignorance in our community regarding issues about protecting natural resources, conserving water, managing pests (overuse of chemicals being used on the land in our community). By publishing more Extension articles, the Herald would be providing a needed service informing and educating the public, especially given the many deed restricted properties in our area that are needlessly polluting our water shed and ecosystem.
The downside of the articles in Sunday's paper was in the Sports section, "Adapting for the Long Run," an article on Sarasota's Kennel Club greyhound racing. Let us not fool ourselves into thinking dog racing is a harmless sport. All one has to do is Google "ASPCA dog racing" to find out how inhumane this sport is to the dogs.
Younger generations understand the inhumane treatment these dogs endure so in the future this sport will become obsolete. In the meantime, Bradenton need not to be associated with the Kennel Club; instead, Sarasota can take all the credit for the abuse of the poor racing dogs.