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What's The Motivation?

I doubt that Tara Servatius truly believes her biased, sensationalist articles will bring sweeping social change, but I still can't understand her motivation for writing "Taken For A Ride" (January 29). What reaction are we supposed to have to her discovery? Fire the lead consultant team? This is a bit different than firing a fast food employee who has been caught giving his buddies french fries. There are only a few companies in the world capable of delivering a mass-transit system of this scale. The city has certainly paid several million dollars over the last several years for work completed so far...yes, actual progress. Firing them will delay the project for years, hurting businesses that have invested in the rail line, adding interest to outstanding loans, and certainly we will have to pay a new firm to do the same studies already completed. You don't avoid cost overruns by repeating work and slowing a project down. So what is it that you are hoping to accomplish? I guarantee that if any City Council member attempts to fire these transit consultants and waste my tax dollars I'll be voting for their opponent in the next election. I voted for the people making these decisions because I have faith in them so let the representative government do its job and not chastise them now for an unchangeable decision made nearly a half-decade ago.

--Chris Jeltrup, Charlotte

Not Ye Olde Zoo

We read your article about Charlotte Metro Zoo ("Animal House," by Sam Boykin, January 22) with interest. Please be aware this zoo is not affiliated with the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival, nor any of the major Renaissance events we are aware of, nationwide.

--Jeffrey Siegel, Producer, Carolina Renaissance Festival, Davidson

Article Gives Hope

I recently came across your article about the Charlotte Metro Zoo. Thank you so much for a job well done. It is rare these days that a journalist will take the time to look at USDA reports and clearly disseminate the information.

Charlotte Metro Zoo is an abomination that is an affront to human decency. And what's really sad is that they make their living off of well-meaning individuals at the expense of helpless animals. Just like the circus, they exploit the fact that people, especially children, admire animals and want to have contact with them. The irony is that if people knew the horrors behind the big top and most roadside zoos, many would be quick to stop supporting these atrocities. Thanks for exposing this awful place for what it truly is.

Hollywild Animal Park in Inman, SC, is another horrible roadside zoo that should be closed. No journalist in the area has written a comprehensive expose. Creative Loafing in Greenville (now Metrobeat) did a story in 2001, but the author (Chris Haire) unfortunately downplayed the USDA violations and numerous deaths that have taken place at Hollywild. Michael Marie of The Greenville News also did a story that was sorely lacking. It seems that the Greenville area media will not take on Hollywild because of the advertising revenue.

Animal activists like myself only want the truth about how animals are treated behind the scenes to be made public. Articles such as the one you wrote give me hope. I commend you for your professionalism.

--Stewart David, President, Carolina Animal Action, Asheville

Cruelty Is Not Entertainment

Thank you for the informative article regarding this zoo and the moron (Steve Macalusa) who runs it. I hope people will take notice and not support cruel operations such as this. Cruelty is not entertainment -- or it shouldn't be!

--Bonnie Findley, Asheville

Get a Goldfish

In response to "Cat Got Your Bird?" (February 5) by Lucy Perkins:

I thought that the focus of the Lucy Perkins article on free-roaming cats was a bit too narrow. Let's not limit the debate to the amount of wildlife that cats kill. Let's not even limit it to cats. Just answer this question for me, Lucy. Should ANY pet that you own be allowed to spend all hours of the day and night in my yard? My answer is no and if the nature of the animal means that you can't restrict it to your yard then you need to restrict it to your house. If that doesn't suit you then get a goldfish.

--Arnie Grieves, Charlotte

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