I was disturbed by Mr. Schaat's letter on Thursday, with its overt references to violence against Squirrels. The training video-game, in particular, epitomized the kind of casual approach to the idea of killing that can only foster anti-social behavior in our youth. There is already too much Squirrel-directed violence in our country, and I think it is irresponsible for any news outlet with a claim to decency to be spreading such tasteless, blatant, anti-Squirrel propaganda.
No-one has presented any evidence that Squirrels have done our citizens any harm. On the contrary, we members of the Squirrel-watching group Delightfully Acrobatic Rodents Living in Neighborhood Greenery (D.A.R.L.I.N.G.) believe that Squirrels contribute in a positive way to our quality of life by means of cuteness, fluffiness, and harmless arboreal hijinks that many of us find highly entertaining. Even if Squirrels did pose a threat, I hardly think we would want to set a precedent of solving our community's problems through the indiscriminate application of flame-throwers, as Mr. Schaat suggests.
Monday, April 7, 2008