Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 2

Friday, November 2, 2012

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Dear editor: Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield has introduced legislation with 43 co-sponsors that would virtually destroy the pleasure and performance horse and the Celebration. If this legislation passes, 80% of the horses that competed at this year's Celebration would not be eligible to show.

We have met with over twenty congressmen, senators and state officials in an effort to defeat or modify this legislation. Congressman Scott DesJarlais has been the most responsive and helpful elected official we have dealt with. He is currently running for reelection and has been the victim of a smear campaign, one of the worst in state history.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi of California recently sent over $100,000 to Congressman DesJarlais opponent in an effort to elect another liberal to Congress who has endorsed virtually all of President Obama's agenda, including Obamacare. Congresswoman Diane Black told us this week that winning the White House, gaining a majority in the Senate and maintaining control of the House was critical to dealing with this legislation.

The proposed legislation will not be dealt with until next year with the new congress and it is vitally important that we keep Congressman DesJarlais in office to represent the interest of the Tennessee Walking Horse, the economy of Bedford County and the Celebration.

David L. Howard


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  • Mr. Howard is referring to legislation that would strengthen the law against "soring", a barbaric training method used on this breed. The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association OPPOSES this legislation. Why would the TWHBEA and David L. Howard oppose a law protecting horses against this sadistic practice? The TWHBEA states it supports the promotion of the breed. It apparently does not support protection of the breed. When did the "Celebration" become more important than the horses themselves? Why would 80% of the horses become ineligible to show?

    Anyone who truly loves the Tennessee Walking Horse should SUPPORT H.B. 6388.

    -- Posted by Selsee on Sat, Dec 22, 2012, at 2:28 PM
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