Christopher Lee Lewis is charged with throwing a Chihuahua puppy 15 feet. The force broke the puppy's two front legs. Striking the ground also caused internal bleeding and brain trauma.

Christopher Lee Lewis is charged with throwing a Chihuahua puppy 15 feet. The force broke the puppy's two front legs. Striking the ground also caused internal bleeding and brain trauma.

I hope the judge isn't wimpy if Lewis is convicted and sentenced for his abuse of the 2-month-old puppy, named "Whiskey" for his initial happy nature. Not anymore. — John Van Syoc, Grants Pass

Extreme environmentalists are hypocrites. Don't cut trees, yet they live in a stick house and use paper products. Don't want oil drilling, but they drive cars that use petroleum products. Don't mine gold, silver or any other metals. but their cellphones and computers have precious metals, copper and steel in them.

They want to lock-up all our resources, but still want theirs! Do they want us to go back to the Stone Age and live in a cave? Wait! To live in a cave we would have to dig a hole in the hillside — that's mining and we can't have that!

Oh, well. We need more common sense in this world, and fewer extreme environmentalists. Use it, don't abuse it. — Ken Harnack, Medford

There are a total of 38 million citizens living in 21 of our least populated states. Those 21 states, at two senators per state, have 42 U.S senators representing them in Washington, which is obviously 42 percent of our 100 U.S. senators.

California alone has 38 million citizens and only two senators. This is not democratic and should be corrected.

Every state should have at least one senator, but I think the remaining 50 should be apportioned to states based on their populations. That would mean that states like California, New York, Texas and Florida might have three, four or even five senators. It certainly seems fair if we truly seek representative democracy. — Darryl Edington, Medford

Rand Paul's fib-ibuster was intended to blow the issue out of proportion, as though the president had made a serious proposal. Hence, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial droning on in the March 11 issue regarding lethal use of drones by Obama gave Paul, a dubious advocate for civil rights, undeserved credit.

Let's keep in mind that any cop can waste a citizen if he has reason to believe his life or those of others are immediately at risk. Never aim even a toy gun at a policeman. "Suicide by cop" is not that rare; a brandished knife can get you killed. Officers must justify their actions, but few have been tried for excess use of force.

What, pray tell, would happen to this or any president should he ever fail to use the best technology at hand to stop mass killings by a citizen terrorist? He would be savaged by opponents for lacking the courage to act, for being a gutless weenie unable to pull the trigger at the critical moment, civil rights be damned!

Why give credit to the partisan ranting of one with little respect for civil rights and religious convictions not his own or those of his own political persuasion? — Gary R. Collins, Jacksonville

Christopher Lewis' alleged brutal attack on the Chihuahua, in addition to so many other vile acts of animal cruelty that happen every day, must be an impetus for stronger animal protection laws, prosecution of offenders and access to mental health care — not only because every animal has an inherent right to be safe and unmolested, but also because decades of studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between animal abusers and those who go on to commit more violent crimes against people.

The human-animal interaction is important because it reveals our connection, or lack of it, to all other living things. How we treat those who are unable to defend themselves is reflective of our psychology, and here's where the connection between animal cruelty and violent acts committed against other humans exists. Public and political attitudes toward animals are another indicator of how we choose to regard, or disregard, animals.

What animal protection laws that do exist are mostly only watered-down misdemeanors, leaving the crimes virtually unpunished and so have little deterrent effect. Weak or nonexistent animal anti-cruelty laws, sporadic prosecution and minimal sentences only serve to perpetuate the problem. We owe animals better. — Chandra Atkins, Medford

I am very grateful to see that you printed an article regarding childhood immunizations. I have a 2-year-old daughter who is fully immunized and I feel that it is very important that other children receive their immunizations as well. I understand that some people opt out of receiving immunizations due to religious beliefs, but I think there are too many serious illnesses and deaths in children that are completely preventable.

I work in the heath field, and one common illness that is seen often in children is pertussis. There is a pertussis vaccine that has been shown to be very efficient at preventing a pertussis outbreak in the recipient of the vaccine. In Southern Oregon alone, nearly 25 percent of all children are not age-appropriately immunized and as a result of this the rate of pertussis outbreaks is 23.3 percent higher than the national average.

I think that printing articles that make parents aware of Oregon's regulations relating to immunizations may help bring to light the fact that immunizations in infants and children are not only important but can be lifesaving. — Mandi J. DeYoung, Medford