Kudos to cartoonist Brent Brown for nailing the absurdity of the legislature’s opossum bill debacle [“… Trying, Trying Again,” April 22, Xpress].
North Carolina is still struggling to create decent jobs, veterans are homeless, and children are going to school hungry, but the legislature is spending time and resources to make tormenting and killing opossums legal. Do hardworking and compassionate North Carolinians really want their representatives working on a bill that decriminalizes cruelty to animals?
The bill being considered in the General Assembly would create a free-for-all relating to opossums between Dec. 29 and Jan. 2, simply to cater to the Brasstown opossum drop — an event that denigrates and torments wildlife.
Those who are justifiably appalled by this colossal waste of time, energy and taxpayers’ money should get on the phone to their representative today to ask why the legislature is legalizing animal cruelty.
— Beth Amick Sparks