Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Irony of Our Times Seen Through NY Times

In the Thursday, November 13, 2014 edition of the NY Times, the following two articles appeared on page 17:

In Death of Dogs, a Human Story of Loss and Intrigue; Dog owners were understandable upset when, after leaving their dogs for boarding last June, they died tragically holed up in a 9-by-12 foot room with no functioning air conditioner. "The community has been behind us on this," said one of the owners.

Florida Finds Tricky Balance Over Feeding of the Homeless: A 90 year old WWII vet started a charity in remembrance of his deceased wife through which he provides food to the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. As a result, he has been cited several times for violation of a city ordinance against feeding the homeless in public places. According to the article, local businesses and the chambers of commerce would like the homeless population to be less visible.

So, in one article, the community is understandably up in arms over the inhumane treatment of beloved family pets.  In the other article, the pillars of the business community are up in arms over the humane treatment of their fellow humans.  And in each case, the law supports "the community."

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