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I implore my neighbors and animal owners everywhere to start acting more responsibly. If everyone did, we might actually see an end to sad stories like "Kat Killers." It's a goal worth striving for.

Lisa Grant, Long Beach

Re: Bob Emmers' "Pet Hell!" (Feature, May 14):

I am so stunned by what I just read. I am baffled how an economy I remember as lucrative as Southern California's, with lots of experienced people to hire, has sunk to this level and decided cats and dogs don't get a choice as to how they will end their life. My first reaction is to put some of the [Animal Control] board members inside the dead-animal box for a day, just so they could feel what it is like to be doomed without a chance.

I cannot even read the entire article, for it embarrasses me that I once called Orange County my home. My husband and I now live in Oregon, where we rescue abused and abandoned animals. From the sound of it, we need to pack up the motor home, go visit our friends and save about 100 animals that have the misfortune of being in this shelter!

Pissed? You bet! Concerned? Oh, yes, and mad—damn right! If I can write to someone to stop these atrocities from happening, then I will. It sounds like a holocaust, and these unfortunate victims have no voice except mine.

Mary Anne Miller, Sweet Home, Oregon

I find it difficult to comprehend how even one animal can live in such horrid conditions in today's society. We boast about being the most civilized and advanced country in the world, yet this type of cruelty goes on every day in this shelter and nothing is done. I read about meetings and plans to build a new shelter. All I see is red tape and bureaucratic hypocrisy.

I agree that, in part, they are just cleaning up society's mess. But it can be done more humanely. The euthanasia of the cats and how these animals are watered down is cruel. I can only guess at what else goes on there that was not mentioned in the article. I guess animal cruelty is not an offense in Orange County.

If taxpayer money is being so ill-used in this shelter, I question how it's being used by some of the other county agencies as well. There must be someone looking over what these people are doing.

Should one of my pets become lost for some reason, I would certainly hope they wouldn't fall victim to such a place.

Debbie Siemering, via e-mailGOOD VIBRATIONS

I want to send my appreciation for Buddy Seigal's fantastic reviews on roots-reggae music and musicians. I really get the feeling that Seigal appreciates roots-reggae music as I do, and he has done a great job educating OC Weekly readers in the past year.

I've been a professional musician since I was 16, playing in various bands, churches, gospel groups, reggae bands, etc. I've freelanced with many of the artists Seigal has reviewed in the past year (King Arthur & Royal Posse, Black & White, etc.). My spiritual beliefs are very similar to my friend Carlos Chin's of Black & White (a.k.a. Rascalin & the Roots Rockers), and it's great to see a well-circulated article expose the "Christian/Rasta" merge of philosophy (Seigal's "A Nine Piece Bliss Machine," Music, May 8, 1998). There are a lot of Christians who love reggae music and are heavily submerged in the culture and have been for many years.

The article about Jimmy Cliff opening for Dave Matthews is another fantastic example of Seigal's great journalism ("Shout for Freedom," Music, July 9). Cliff is definitely one of the pioneers and godfathers of Jamaican music. Seigal is so RIGHT ON when he says that Cliff is way underappreciated in the U.S. (it's amazing that he is opening for Dave Matthews).

I know that my fellow musicians in California appreciate all of the positive vibes that Seigal gives to the roots-reggae genre. Keep up the good work. I've been reading the LA Weekly for about 13 years . . . and reading the OC Weekly since it has been in existence. I really appreciate all of the club listings, the jazz listings and, of course, the world music listings.

—William Morrison, Huntington Beach ONE BILLION DOLLARS!

Re: Steve Lowery's "Vedaland! We finally discover the price of peace: It's about a billion dollars" (First Person, June 18):

Thanks for the kind article. I have been associated with this group [transcendental meditationists] for decades now, and it has always struck me that the people are intelligent, thoughtful and genuinely interested in world peace. Did you enjoy the ambiance, Mr. Lowery?

The data on [a positive-thought field influencing human behavior] are hard to prove or disprove. And if they're wrong, we would still have had a wonderful time fairly cheaply. But what if they're right? One billion dollars would be a small price to pay to take the air out of Slobo, Saddam and Co.

Nat Adam, via e-mail

I met the Maharishi years ago and can assure you that his vibes were not unlike those of a narc having a bad night. He was as cold as ice. I offer that what he originally tried to sell was good; there's nothing wrong with meditation. All too soon, though, the money became the mantra. I bailed.

Brett M. Stark, Costa Mesa WHOM CARES?

You should have used the word "whom" instead of "who" on the cover of the July 9 issue. I know this sounds nitpicky, but I think it's important for a newspaper not to fall prey to the language laziness that plagues our country.

Grammatically yours,

Adam Villani, Los Angeles
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