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WRIC made poor programming choice
Area viewers wanted to see "ABC 2000" this past New Year's Eve but instead had to settle for regular daytime programming, several movies, Louie Anderson's "Family Feud," a Johnny Cash tribute, a College Bowl Championship preview show and expanded local news (Street Talk, Jan. 11).

Instead of fighting through calls and letters that the station got for preempting the network's blockbuster New Year's coverage, I went ahead and called 1-800-CALL-ABC to purchase my copy of the "ABC 2000" videocassette so that once it arrives, which will be about as early as March, I can catch highlights of that New Year's special that I missed.

Bill Duncan



A pox on Channel 8 for missing the millennium. And why do they show "The View" at 2 a.m.? What judgment do we have here? Please show "The View" at a decent hour and get with the millennium.

Rosalie Wasserman



Readers react to coverage of dog fighting in Richmond
I would like to thank Style Weekly for the article on dog fighting (Metro, Jan. 18). It is so very important that the community learn about this atrocity. I believe that change will occur only after people learn just how this affects their neighborhoods.

Councilwoman Delores McQuinn is a very courageous person and honorable to take up this task when no one else cared. Her proposal to put animal control under police jurisdiction seems a workable one to me. And Jeanne Bridgforth is an "angel of mercy" for all our animals.

Thank you for your attention and continued success at Style Weekly.

Martha Roberts



Thank you for "Into the Fray." The more the public knows about this activity and its far-reaching effects, the better chance we have of putting an end to it. In an effort to ensure the "family pet" doesn't fall prey to this heinous cruelty, I would like to offer the following suggestions:

Never allow your cat or dog to run loose. They easily can be picked up by organizers of dog fighting who will use them as bait. A pit bull in training is initiated with small, docile, easily intimidated animals. They work their way up to larger, stronger, more aggressive dogs until they are ready to go into the ring one-on-one with another well-trained pit bull.

When giving up an animal, please do not advertise it as "Free to Good Home." This is exactly the "bargain" organizers are looking for when they scan the newspaper and ads on bulletin boards. "Front men" are used to acquire bait. These fronts can present themselves as good, caring, animal lovers. Don't take the chance of being fooled.

Keep ID (tags/tattoo/microchip) on your pets at all times. Should your pets end up at a pound, you will have a much better chance of finding each other.

Eileen McAfee



In response to the article "Into the Fray" about dog fighting, I would like to say bravo Delores McQuinn for stepping up to the plate to set an example for the rest of City Council to follow. Dog fighting in Richmond is just one more black eye we don't need. I support her efforts and wish her all the best.

Elaine Hannigan



Correction:
In Street Talk, Feb. 1, we incorrectly identified Bill Boger of The King Agency. Style regrets the error.

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