Dear Times and Seasons,
A comment at your web site by one of your writers, Frank McIntyre, filled me with disappointment, but not so full that there wasn’t room left for disgust. Those feelings were particularly intense because they were in response to reading something so ugly in a place intended to interest faithful Latter-day Saints. In order to express his indifference to the material stocked on shelves of Deseret Book, Mr. McIntyre chose to add more color to the expression of his sentiments by claiming “I have no dog in this fight.” How can Mr. McIntyre be so indifferent to the cruelty of dog fighting that he thinks it is acceptable to use such a phrase?
Suppose one of his children heard that phrase and wanted him to explain what it meant. Imagine their horror as they came to understand that below the surface, their father’s mind is laced with gambling and bloodshed. He should spend some time volunteering at a shelter for abused animals so he can fully feel the inappropriateness of his words and thoughts. Alternatively, if he has a free weekend coming up, he and I could meet at Club Gallistico in San Juan to consider some—ah—economic propositions. He’d better bring plenty of green, because I don’t want to fly home with a pocketful of IOUs.
John R. Mansfield