Letters to the editor, Aug. 9

No respect
I was absolutely shocked and saddened to see The Suncoast News promoting the Loomis Circus, with live performing elephants and tigers. I am truly sickened to see this abuse of wild animals in Port Richey in 2014 still happening. Does anyone at The Suncoast News have any common sense or compassion?
To degrade elephants and tigers to perform tricks and keep them in cages is messed up, cruel and inhumane. They do not deserve to be treated like this.
We, as human beings, should be treating these animals with respect and not as so-called entertainment. It is wrong.
Jan Pettifor
Leading for justice
More than 20 years ago a horrific crime shocked our area: The rape and torture in her West Pasco home of an elderly woman and the life-altering beating of her husband. Although the assailants were caught and eventually prosecuted, fear still reigned.
Local activists came together and decided not to be controlled by fear nor silenced by politics. Enraged People Against Rape was formed. After endless hours of community education, letter writing, petitions and phone calls, the Legislature passed a law that protects victims of crime as well as ensures punishment of offenders.
Too many times, we hear people ask “What can I do?” EPAR founder Judi Barrett has written a book, aptly titled “EPAR,” which answers that question. Barrett chronicles the events that led to the passage of legislation that we are all protected by today. The book is neither fiction nor a made-for-TV script but, indeed, raw fact.
EPAR brings the reader inside the crime — to the court; to the jury; back to the courtroom. The reader sits with the survivor while the book lifts the veil of secrecy and denial. It opens the door to healing and trust, with the help and dedication of pubic figures, elected officials, the media and, most importantly, the citizens.
“EPAR” shows how Pasco has taken a place of leadership in the fight for justice.
Peno Hardesty
New Port Richey
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