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'It's Only a Play' at ACT is delightful

I want to share with my fellow Ashlanders my delight in Ashland Contemporary Theatre's current show, "It's Only a Play." What a surprise to find a work of this quality down at the Bellview Grange! I only hope more people get to see this hilarious (and true) portrayal of life in the theater before it closes Dec. 5.

The cast is superb at realizing their quirky characters. Hats off to the director for creating such a believable story; Terrance McNally shines in her hands. I look forward to more offerings from ACT.

Mimi Carr


City should post large reward in murder case

One wonders, since the police keep saying that "we're going to need more information to solve this," why the city of Ashland has not prominently posted a substantial reward for information. This despicable murder is of utmost concern to the residents.

Hopefully, the police understand that solving this is why we pay them, not for giving us traffic tickets. Has all state and county available assistance been enlisted to augment the investigative capability of the city police? This is not clear in the news reports.

G. Lockie


Animals are tortured on Chinese fur farms

Recently I have learned from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals about the deplorable conditions for animals on Chinese fur farms. Animals are killed by being struck with metal pipes and by being slammed onto the ground. This violent treatment causes the animals to have broken bones and/or convulsions, often leaving them still alive, and causing them enormous suffering. Many of the animals are skinned alive, which causes even more suffering.

PETA reports that the animals on these fur farms are typically housed outside in tiny wire cages. They endure freezing nights, scorching days, driving rain, and all sorts of weather extremes. Many animals develop psychoses because of the intense confinement and from being roughly handled. They pace back and forth in the tiny cages, throw themselves against the wire of the cages, and chew on their own legs. Many of the animals are diseased or injured. Mother animals will often kill their litters of babies because of the intense stress that they endure.

There is an online video that documents the suffering of animals on Chinese fur farms. The video is graphic and disturbing, but it shows what is actually happening to these animals. See http://tinyurl.com/33lavkm.

Finally, PETA notes that the fur trade is globalized, which makes it impossible to know for sure where any particular fur product originated — it might actually be from an unregulated Chinese fur farm. Please, never wear fur, and please send an email, write, or call regarding the cruelty on Chinese fur farms to Ambassador Zhang Yesui, Embassy of the People's Republic of China, 3505 International Place N.W., Washington, DC 20008, 202-495-2266, chinaembpress_us@mfa.gov.cn; or Charge d'Affaires Robert S. Wang, Embassy of the United States, No. 55 An Jia Lou Lu, Beijing, China 100600,(86-10) 8531-3000, BeijingEXEC@state.gov; or Director General Bernard Vallat, World Organization for Animal Health, 12 Rue de Prony 75017 Paris, France, 33 (0) 1 44 15 18 88, oie@oie.int.

D. McAlaster