Difficult aspect of horse ownership

Thank you for your March 27 article, "Horses seized, put down," that highlighted one of the most difficult aspects of horse ownership: the decision to euthanize an old friend whom we love as a family member.

Almost every horse owner will face that painful decision. It's part of the responsibility of ownership that we have toward these amazing creatures and we should never shirk it. They rely on us to take care of them and make decisions for their well-being.

This story also raises the issue of the difficulty of finding retirement care for old and no longer ridable horses. The horse world in the Bay Area is shrinking as construction takes away valuable open space. Finding the right space and care for your retired horse is difficult; most of my friends have had to send their retired horses out of the area.

I'm sure Herk Schusteff was well-meaning, but he ignored veterinary advice and I applaud County Animal Services for stepping in. Leaving horses to drop in their tracks is unthinkable, and I don't know anyone who subscribes to this belief.

Lucy Williams

Martinez

Richmond Sanitary Service wins praise

In a time when many businesses are increasing fees to make up for lost revenues, Richmond Sanitary Service is proposing to increase services and reduce my garbage bill.

RSS has done a great job, not only providing weekly and alternating recycling collection services, but also with great customer service. Under the proposed new agreement, my recycling will now be collected on a weekly basis. This is very good news because my blue bin is always overflowing.


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Beginning October 2014, and for less money, I can begin to dispose of food waste along with my green waste and weekly recycling. These operational enhancements allow me, my family and everyone to increase our efforts to help reduce waste that ends up in our landfills. RSS has made it easy to be greener.

Let's not forget that RSS has been a part of West County for more than 75 years. As a community partner, it is involved and supports the community. I commend Richmond Sanitary Service for doing its part. Renewing RSS's agreement is a no-brainer in my book.

James Bennett

Pinole

Second Amendment should be repealed

Congress was right to reject the assault weapons bill. Instead, the Second Amendment to the Constitution needs to be repealed and revised to recognize the changes in technology and health care since it was enacted in 1791.

Then, weapons technology was quite different regarding repeating guns. Also, "mental illness" was virtually unknown. Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, and most beloved president by current polls, was mentally ill. I've also been diagnosed with a mental illness but own no guns.

Clearly, the right of people to keep and bear arms needs to be revised based on current technology and health care.

Ralph Hoffmann

Walnut Creek

Columnist Navarrette clouds gun issues

In a recent column, Ruben Navarrette obviously is picking sides as he attempts to defend his friend Sen. Ted Cruz.

His entire column attempts to demean Sen. Dianne Feinstein's integrity and her desire to restrict military-type assault weapons and high-capacity clips for public use. The latest poll numbers indicate more than 60 percent of the public agree with Feinstein about these bans.

Navarrette wrote, "who says she gets to decide who gets to own a gun or how many stay on the market?" Navarrette uses "gun" as the hot-button word. Feinstein understands the Second Amendment and only wants to limit military-type assault weapons. Moreover, Congress and President Barack Obama will determine if a bill is accepted and passed into law.

Many of Navarrette's arguments counter reality, cloud the main issue of assault weapons and use hyperbole to distract -- all the while refusing to admit the will of the majority.

The Constitution allows for us to bear arms to maintain a militia; our present-day militia consists of our local police, National Guard and the branches of our military.

The fact Navarrette quoted half-term Gov. Sarah Palin does not bode well for his intellectual treatise on this subject.

John Soulis

Fremont