Dog fighting is weak, ignorant and greedy Years ago my husband came home with a 6-month-old husky that he had “rescued” from a man who was trying to train the dog to fight. Jacob was in terrible shape — underweight, malnourished, full of parasites, his ears were infected by the wounds caused by flies chewing on them, he was dirty and he had been chained to a burnt truck without food or water for over 24 hours in the hot August sun when temperatures were in the upper 90s. We took this dog in and gave him medical attention, a good home and lots of love. The first year was trying — he was food and animal aggressive but over time he has turned out to be a wonderful, devoted companion, full of unconditional love. He no longer growls as you approach him while he is eating and he loves people and relishes in the attention that he demands from all who get near him.

It is incomprehensible how any person can find pleasure in the brutality of dog fighting (Cover, June 2-9). The only explanation that I can come up with is that this crime is committed because these so-called men are too cowardly to fight themselves and find pleasure in seeing dogs tear each other apart and too lazy and stupid to go out and earn an honest dollar. I applaud our Legislature for making this “sport” a felony and the Canine Crime Stoppers and the Animal Care & Control for their tireless efforts to try to put a stop to this brutality. I only hope that the perpetrators and businesses such as the tractor and feed stores in Plainfield and Lawrence that know why these criminals are purchasing these supplies but choose to look the other way are some day haunted by the thrill of the sport. Only the weak, ignorant and the greedy could find pleasure from so much pain that is endured by these innocent creatures that are trained to be killers.

Catherine Usher

Indianapolis  So inept As an urbane and educated, theater-going New Yorker I first saw George Wolfe’s beautifully directed Top Dog at the Joseph Papp Theater. Brantley’s glowing review barely touched the eloquence of this purely New York “topic.” I later saw it at the Ambassador Theater and the only cast change was Mos Def playing Booth rather than Don Cheadle. Jessie McKinley wrote “All for one, Acting and Interacting Together.” Margo Jefferson said “In Top Dog/Underdog, two clowns play games with the audience. In it ideas come alive and tickle its intellect.”

This last spring I was fortunate to see Jefferson Mays in Dough Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play I Am My Own Wife. This play, as Top Dog, is a listener’s play and requires a great deal of urban savvy. Critics who review such theater should know what they are seeing, understand what they are seeing and then have the smarts to relay that (Culture Vulture, June 2-9). It is because of such people as [Lisa Gauthier] quality theater will never come alive in Indianapolis. After reading your pathetic and antiseptic piece of nothing I have no desire to see the production at the Phoenix. It is either so bad that I would cry or you are so inept you don’t know good theater from that being performed at the Beech Grove players. I lived Top Dog twice in a city where theater is great and people do think and listen.

Dr. Richard Bowers


American Pit Bull Terrier First of all I am NOT generally an animal lover and my children have known that forever. I am 55 and my children are 34 and 30. Nearly three years ago my daughter became involved with a boyfriend and they moved. She soon told me that he had bought her a dog.

When she told me what breed of dog it was, my response was, “You aren’t bringing that dog to MY house!” About a month later, on one of her regular visits, she had the puppy with her. Indeed, Miss Presslee was a pure bred black American Pit Bull Terrier, and the cutest little puppy I had seen in years. However, the boyfriend had designs to “fight” this dog. My headstrong daughter had other ideas. A few months later they split and my daughter kept her “puppy.”

This dog has been in my home nearly two years without one “mess” or incident.

My daughter has raised her with love as you would a child. The dog knows the meaning of the word “no” and is well-behaved and friendly. She loves to ride in the car and take piggy-back rides on my daughter’s back! Most mornings I am awakened by a “slurp” on the cheek. She is a joy to be around. She does, however, know what she is and that becomes apparent when kids cut through our yard and are noisy about it. In the two years she has been at home with me I have heard her bark less than 10 times. Last month we took her with us to my son’s house. He has a pool and a fenced backyard. He let the dog out in the backyard forgetting that he had a “mother duck” sitting on a nest of nine eggs in a flower bed. Presslee saw the duck, slowly walked toward her, maybe 3 feet away from the duck, and just looked at her for about five seconds, turned and trotted away to play with my son.

Some of them can be a joy — too bad you don’t see those stories!

Teresa Watson


Ugly Monkey treated unfairly The Ugly Monkey owners deserve an apology from the city/mayor for labeling their business as being lewd in nature and for the bad media/exposure (Dispatch, May 19-26). The owners of the bar are moral and decent individuals that contribute to our city in many aspects, they have done everything humanly possible to prevent supposable acts like these from occurring — and have dealt with them properly. Anyone can flash anywhere at any given time or place and nothing can be done until after the fact.

The city terminates their lease agreement without even assisting them to resolve the issue; what about the girl who supposably committed the act — letting her get away scott free, that’s fair. I believe that there’s a motive behind all of this, for either a property/investment company, casino or future plans to create a train/railing system using historic buildings such as Union Station that The Ugly Monkey occupied to drive traffic downtown to generate more revenue. That doesn’t necessarily justify coming up with things to kick out a bar/night club that has always obeyed the law. If the city didn’t want them in their location they should have been compensated accordingly. Sounds unjust/immoral to me, as long as the city generates more revenue by labeling a night club and kicking them out justifies everything. Whatever happened to morals and honesty? There has to more important issues the city can focus on. I’m not sure what to believe in our government system any more — except that everything comes down to politics/money and knocking down innocent people like The Ugly Monkey owners. Negative actions like this from our government system has a snowball effect on everyone one way or another, a more mature approach should’ve been taken. People begin to lose trust in our government system due to actions like this.

Brad Eddington


Corrections In the Summer Fun Guide Calendar, the artist Kokopelli’s name was misspelled in the listing for Tim Haggard and Kokopelli at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, which opened June 4.

In last week’s review of the show Sordid Lives (Culture Vulture) at Theatre on the Square, the director was misidentified. He is Kevin Brown.


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