31 January 2009 - Keep Those Letters and E-Mails Coming

We get e-mails, letters and telephone calls from readers with suggestions on topics to discuss on Samuelson Sez. So, this week I decided to share a couple of the suggested topics I have received in the new year.

One reader wants me to write about the “unwanted horse” problem. Yes, I am fully aware we are not talking about the wild horses in the West; we are talking about unwanted horses that are simply being turned loose, for various reasons, by their owners. The problem has grown to the point that, according to the letter-writer, we have a new organization, the Unwanted Horse Coalition, that has been formed to try to alleviate the problem.

An unwanted horse, according to the Association of Equine Veterinarians is a horse that the owner can no longer care for; a horse that doesn’t fulfill what the owner is expecting; and in some cases, an owner who cannot afford to feed the animal. Former Congressman Charlie Stenholm discussed the problem at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention in Phoenix and said the problem has intensified since the three U.S. plants that were processing horse meat for export have been closed, thanks to lobbying by PETA and the Humane Society of the United States. As a result, there is no place for these animals to go, so owners turn them loose to roam and ultimately starve to death. More on this subject on a future Samuelson Sez.

Then, a delightful letter from a reader in Pennsylvania sharing with me the exchange between the State Environmental Agency in that state and a farmer. The letter from the state, basically said to the farmer “We are aware of activity taking place on a pond on your property that is not legal; it being the construction of dams that have not been approved by our agency. We will come out to inspect and take the necessary action, including fines if necessary, to stop this illegal activity."

The response from the farmer was an absolute delight. I wish I had time to share the entire well-written letter, but summarizing, he wrote back and said “I am the land owner and I understand there is unusual activity, but it is not me. I have some very busy beavers in that farm pond, and golly, they are building dams. I know they do not have state approval, but if I tear them down, they come right back and build them again. So will you send your next official letter to the beaver colony? Don’t send it to me, because I‘m not doing it.” I will anxiously await the outcome of the state vs. the beavers.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and suggestions for Samuelson Sez; keep those letters and e-mails coming. I do enjoy hearing from you.

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