Corporate profit over public well-being
With Scott Pruitt at its head, the Environmental Protection Agency is now the Fossil Fuels Protection Agency and another indication that the Trump administration intends to rule America as an autocracy focused on corporate profit over public well-being. Environmental protection here in Colorado took a major hit when Gov. Hickenlooper and Rep. Jared Polis sabotaged the attempt to allow communities to regulate gas and oil operations within their boundaries and then suffered a follow-up knock-out blow when those industries, backed by major political figures from both parties, severely limited public influence in the contents of the state constitution. Let the corporate looting begin!
Robert Porath, Boulder
Listen to animals
As A.A. Milne put it, "Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem." We would all be wise to listen to what our animal companions are saying. Just consider these recent stories:
In January, a dog in Iowa named Mac began barking and wailing uncharacteristically. His guardian hurried outside to see what was wrong and found his 66-year-old neighbor collapsed and motionless, after suffering a stroke. Thanks to Mac's warning, she was rushed to the hospital and made a full recovery.
A cat named Tiger saved both himself and his guardian from a wildfire that was ripping through the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee last November. He alerted his guardian to danger by frantically running between him and the door. "Tiger's very smart," his guardian told PETA. "If it hadn't been for him, I probably wouldn't have gone out and seen it. ... I don't think we could've gotten out."
Another cat named Blanco notified his sleeping guardian that a gas stove had been left on by scratching, meowing and — after he was evicted from the bedroom — jumping at the doorknob and slamming into the door.
Our animal companions may also be telling us that they are ill, hungry, thirsty, cold, uncomfortable, lonely or in pain — but how will we know unless we take the time to listen? To learn how to tune in to what your animals are saying, visit PETA.org.
Lindsay Pollard-Post, The PETA Foundation, Norfolk, Va.