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I have held the Santa Barbara Independent in high regard, as a publication that stands up to the powerful and speaks for those whose voices are not heard. It is distressing to me to see this publication choose a brutal picture for its cover, ballyhooing the star quality of machismo rodeo performers being touted for subduing harmless, big, and, by nature, gentle creatures.

I wonder if you and the people who glorify “sports” of this nature will ever see the connection between how we treat one another, and how we treat the rest of the beings who unwittingly share this planet with us.

It saddens me that the Independent, while so thoughtful and fair in matters concerning our fellow human beings, hasn’t bridged the gap and opened it’s heart to those on the other side without a voice, enduring lives of confinement, pain and suffering — invisible to so many who choose to turn a blind-eye to this treatment in the name of entertainment.

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Diana - I too was saddened to see the picture on the Independent cover. I couldn't even read the issue. I will never understand why some people think that terrorizing an animal is a sport. I will NEVER go to a circus or rodeo. I can't believe in this day and time that such "events" still exist. Only for the sick and ignorant!!

BeckyBee (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2012 at 8:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

While I don't agree that "terrorizing an animal" is any kind of sport, I do find your reactions a bit over the top. Happy Holidays, enjoy your hams and turkeys.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2012 at 2:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

murdered goose for us KV

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2012 at 5:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Pelosi says the "goose is getting fatter" so we're in luck.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2012 at 6:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"That's the one thing you have to remember about WASPs: they love animals and hate people."

Gordon Gekko, Wall Street

Stumbling_Distance (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2012 at 1:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Q:How many WASP's does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Two. One to call the electrician, and one to mix the martinis.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 11, 2012 at 3:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Q: What do you call a bunch of WASP's sitting around a table?
A: Price Fixing

Q: What did the WASP order for a seven course Meal?
A: Six Martini's and a Saltine

Stumbling_Distance (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2012 at 2:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)