Spoiled brats


Re the Sept. 18 letter Our gimmick — get Pets’ Trust funded: It’s sad that Pets’ Trust advocates missed the point of the Sept. 11 editorial, Solutions — not gimmicks.

It’s even sadder that they would try to justify their wrongheaded recall effort by comparing to the Boston Tea Party their bungled, embarrassing, rigged drawing of a Miami-Dade commissioner’s name from a hat.

The Boston Tea Party was no gimmick. It was an act of economic terrorism conducted in the dead of night by American revolutionaries against British financial interests.

The better analogy is that Pets’ Trust supporters are acting like the spoiled brat at the grocery store, who lies on the floor, kicks his feet and screams when his mommy doesn’t buy him a candy bar.

That’s the point that the Miami Herald politely made in its editorial. Bear in mind, Miami-Dade Animal Services is getting a 40-percent budget increase.

It’s easy to gloat when you win nonbinding straw polls, but it takes wisdom and maturity to graciously accept disappointment and live to fight another day — a lesson the Pets’ Trust will hopefully learn before it further marginalizes itself.

John S. Schwartz, Miami

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