Now we are facing the potential merger of US Airways and American Airlines. If we are serious about competition and benefiting the consumer, maybe we should open our skies to foreign carriers. US Airways and American may have their reasons why a merger is necessary. So be it. Allow foreign carriers to fly between U.S. cities. Maybe that will help consumers.
BRAD DALLAS, ATLANTA
Seek felony charges for dogfight watchers
There are 367 dogs — seized in recent dogfighting raids in several states including Georgia — whose lives will never be the same. These animals are off their heavy chains, and living in shelters operated by the Humane Society of the United States and other organizations.
Dogfighting has been a curse for a long time, but it was either considered a low-level concern that rarely warranted intentional action, or just a sight unseen. Over the last quarter century, the Humane Society of the United States changed the legal framework in this country, working to make dogfighting a felony in all 50 states and, in 2007, a federal felony. We urge Congress to support the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013, which makes it a felony to knowingly attend or bring a minor to an animal fight.
Animal fighting rings know no county or state boundaries. Law enforcement must have a full range of legal tools to crack down on the entire cast involved in animal fighting. For information, visit humanesociety.org.
WAYNE PACELLE, PRESIDENT/CEO, THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES