By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Those men are total idiots and should be in jail ["The goatslayers," March 26]. They could've done any number of different things to solve their goat problem--the first of which should have been moving back to the city--where all "city boys" should stay. (And where all attorneys should stay. They're not intended to commune with nature--it's against all they stand for. They need to stay in the city with all the rest of the bloodsuckers.)
Texas is goat country. I know there are hundreds of goat ranchers there that would have been more than happy to come and bring their Border collies, or other stock dogs, and rounded up those feral goats and taken them either to their ranches or to a sale. Or, the Department of Wildlife could have used tranquilizer darts to make it easier to catch the goats. If not them, a veterinarian could probably have done it. Texas A&M has a large research center not too far from that area, and maybe they could've helped. I'm sure if White Bluff estates had put an ad in the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers' Association newsletter, they would have gotten more than enough help in this situation.
It sounds like Mr. Jones decided that he couldn't sue the goats for damages, so he held his own court and imposed his own death penalty on them. He should be in jail for cruelty to animals! And he should be kicked out of the community--not just slapped on the hand and not allowed to play golf or tennis!
As for the name Jerry Jones--I think the Cowboys owner wouldn't even stoop this low--and he's gotten pretty low in the years since he bought the 'Boys!
When all other avenues of relocation have been tried and exhausted, there may well be a need for a clean, humane cull of wild goat flocks, although they are quite easy to tame. But the accent is on the manner of its doing.
Good marksmen who know what they are doing as opposed to these butchers can do the job with probably less stress than rounding up wild animals in order to euthanize them. There are tranquilizing darts. Mankind no longer in his supposed humanity has to resort to these sorts of tactics. I was particularly appalled at these men pushing them over the cliff; the last time I heard of this happening, it was done by dogs. The results were appalling and the screams terrible as I imagine they were here.
There is no need for this sadistic cruelty. Not in 1998, thank you.
There are a couple of corrections that I would like to make to the "Goatslayers" article. In the first place, goats were the very first domesticated animal. Although the majority of the American public may not realize it, the goat is a major meat source in the United States. At least a million goats per year are shipped from Texas alone. The price per pound of chevon (goat meat) is at least double that of beef. The meat is lower in fat than skinless chicken, and has as much protein as beef and more iron than any other meat on the market.
Goats came to Texas with the Spanish explorers and were present at the first Thanksgiving, at El Paso, in 1598. See the April '98 issue of Texas Highways.
Not the goatslayer
Apart from his all too apt assessment of Jerry Jones, John Hine's response to your Sherman Lewis article ["Black out," February 26] appears to be missing several points.
1. No one ever felt good about being a victim of discrimination because someone else had it worse. Just ask that white schoolteacher in New Jersey.
2. Even if someone else does have it worse as far as discrimination goes, so what? I never met a Mexican-American who pretended anti-Hispanic discrimination was OK because blacks historically have had it worse.
3. Bigots always justify discrimination on the grounds that the people against whom they are discriminating are unqualified. Yet any black or Mexican-American over the age of 50 will tell you that it was not exactly unknown in the 1960s for a non-Anglo with superior qualifications to lose out to a white non-Hispanic with inferior qualifications. So much for meritocracy.
4. The article in question does not advocate affirmative action for those Landry wannabes who have potentially poor coaching skills. It advocates a fair chance for those black assistant coaches who have already proven themselves by meritocratic standards.