Sunset at Venice breakwater.

Thoughts after the Texas school shooting


On May 14, I had to explain to my kids that a teenager filled with racial hate drove 200 miles to kill people in a Black community in Buffalo. One day later, six people were killed at a Taiwanese church in Laguna Woods. And then on May 24. kids and teachers were massacred in Texas.  

We have gotten to the point that parenting books—which normally focus on things like getting your kids to eat their vegetables, developmental milestones, potty training, sibling rivalry, and working through temper tantrums—now need to start including chapters on how to talk to your kids about mass shootings, and how to prevent them from being indoctrinated into hate.

Many people fear that Russia and Vladimir Putin could someday kill us in a military attack, but at this point it seems that we Americans are handily killing ourselves. Putin doesn’t even have to pay for the guns—we buy them ourselves. He must get a lot of satisfaction watching our nation fight itself instead of uniting together to take action. We have created a slow-moving war in our own country.  

I am mad the GOP and NRA still don’t realize how they are playing right into Putin’s plan for global domination. Having a nation that lives in constant fear of mass shootings and gun violence takes a toll on our entire country. On an individual level, it drains us emotionally and spiritually, and sucks away precious time and energy from our lives. On a community level, it fractures us and weakens our financial resources, public safety, education system, and so much more.  

The GOP is ready to turn our children’s schools into locked, sealed, and armed fortresses—all in the name of “freedom” and “safety.” But a fortress doesn’t sound like a nurturing place of learning for children. It sounds like a prison. Don’t our kids deserve freedom too?  

Freedom to learn without being shot with a machine gun.

Freedom to know that they will live another day.

Freedom to live out their promising futures.

Freedom from fearing their fellow Americans.

And for the heart-wrenching attack in Buffalo, people deserve the freedom to live peacefully and go to the supermarket without wearing body armor. Living like you are under constant attack in a war zone is not freedom.




Re: A Purposeful Rescue


I read Ms. Beyer’s article in the Argonaut June 2, titled “Giving Dogs a Second Chance, a Purposeful Rescue saves pups from high-kill shelters and finds forever homes.” First, I like the article she wrote regarding the efforts of A Purposeful Rescue, I have interacted with them and other adoption partners at the county animal care centers and they do a great job. 

At no time during her article did she refer to animal care centers as “the pound” or high-kill shelters, thank you. When she refers to the animal care centers as “ high kill,” exactly what message is she sending? We at the care centers cringe when we hear that as we are the farthest thing from it. We are by no means at capacity and we have a very stringent policy if and when we may have to humanely euthanize an animal, the animal is irremediably suffering or a threat to the safety of the public. 

By publishing “high-kill shelter,” this deters people in seeking our help with their pets. It is not a death sentence. We have many outreach programs to help people who are financially burdened, homeless, need medical attention for their pet and contacts with adoption partners. We do everything possible to keep the pet with their owner and assist in programs that spay and neuter and vaccinate. 

Please do not give the shock caption of “high-kill shelters” just to tug at your readers’ hearts to be interested in your article. You can go online to the city and county websites and learn more about our history and programs along with our outreach and adoption efforts.  

Joyce Pruett

Los Angeles