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Letters to the Editor: May 21 - 28

CP disrespects police dog

I truly used to enjoy your publication until I read "Dumpling Ground" in the May 14 issue.

It was very disheartening to read the comment in response to Chief Nate Harper's comment about the officers losing a partner. [The feature suggested Harper rethink his statement that police officers involved in the shooting death of Justin Jackson "had a horrendous night, having to take a life as well as lose a partner's life"; a police dog was also killed in the incident.]

I suppose from that I realize that your paper is not pro-animal. A police dog is more than a partner, he is an officer with a badge. Ulf was performing a job, trying to take down [Jackson], who was shooting at the police and was shot in the process. Ulf was an officer down. He deserves the same respect as his human counterparts.

I suppose whomever wrote that in the paper doesn't have animals or respect them. No, I'm not a card-carrying PETA member, but I am an animal lover. My opinion may not amount to a hill of beans to you, but I will no longer read the CP and will make sure all of my friends hear about this, too.

-- Katie Goulait, Bloomfield



In a May 14 story on board elections for the Central North Side Neighborhood Council, we quoted board president Claudia Keyes alluding to a scene in the film Charlie Wilson's War. The dialogue she quoted warns of the unforseeable consequences that may result from even positive events; for readers who hadn't seen the film -- which concerns U.S. intervention in Afghanistan -- City Paper noted that in Afghanistan's case, the successful effort to fend off an invasion by the Soviet Union later led to the rise of the Taliban. Apparently, some community members interpreted this to mean Ms. Keyes was comparing newly elected board members to terrorists. That was not our intention, and we're certain it wasn't hers either. We regret any misunderstanding.


Also, our May 7 review of the book Pittsburgh Born, Pittsburgh Bred misidentified the magazine that published a cover story about numbers king Tony Grosso. It was the now-defunct Pittsburgher, not Pittsburgh magazine.

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