REVIEW Special edition October, 1999
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
While I realize that you
are holding your editorial page open this month for letters about hazing,
a recent news story so outraged me that I hope you will publish my letter
too, even though it is about a different subject (but one that could get
very bad). We are all too aware that dogs are often used as scapegoats
to divert attention away from human perfidy. The classic example of this
is the shopworn cliche that "the dog ate my homework", used by
schoolchildren from time immemorial. But a recent humanoid news item
http://biz.yahoo.com/rf/991019/59.html alludes to accusations of
a dog named Boris covertly switching his human's long distance
telephone provider. This suggestion by itself is preposterous on its
face, as most dogs are aware that such behavior would lead to
revocation of their telephone
priviledges. But the last straw is the notion that the mischief was
undertaken by a dead dog, unable to defend himself from the besmirching
of his memory.
I wish to offer condolences to all of Boris's family and friends.
In regard to freshman hazing and/or fraternity initiation, some of us parents have just about had it with these animal antics. We sent our son to a well known school in Vermont. Two weeks later we had to go fetch him home to recuperate from a very painful encounter with a porcupine. It seems that he could not belong to I Wanta Bite until he had barked up an old Porcy that the fellows knew about out in the brush. College administrators ought not to allow these things to get out of bound.
Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Spaniel
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