WHEN CHILDREN abuse animals, it's not a good sign.

Not just for their safety, but for their character as well. And when they do so, they are going to get bitten. Plain and simple.

It's the same as when they torture their parents. If a child was shooting paint balls at a parent, would they not scold him, hit him, or punish him? A dog's bite is his only defense. I'm sure Ozzy the German shepherd gave a warning by growling.

Even after the incident, Frankie Lovello screamed at the dogs at the pound. These animals weren't bothering him. Why tease them? I'm not saying little Frankie deserved it, because you never want to see a child get hurt. But I do think Frankie is in for a rude awakening in life.

There is a quote by Immanuel Kant that goes, "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." Free Ozzy!

Jennifer Holland, Wilmington, Del.

When cops bleed blue

Re the letter "Equal justice for all?":

Kelly Johnson, as the daughter of a sheriff's officer, I'd think you'd have a better understanding of the bond between officers. I expect our men and women in blue to go above and beyond the call of duty to track down and capture the man who killed one of their own!

You said your father had the same passion for every case and didn't treat one as more worthy than another just because one involved a brother in blue. I'm sure your father was a wonderful officer, but was one of his brothers in blue ever shot and killed while responding to an armed robbery?

It is only natural that passion and emotions are going to run stronger and deeper when a fellow officer is on the receiving end of a felon's bullet.

I have many family members and friends who are cops, and when you join the police force, it's like joining a family. When something terrible happens to a family member, don't you respond a little differently? Yes, our officers are professionals and their job is to solve all crimes with the same devotion. But don't forget they are human beings, too, and when a fellow officer is killed in the line of duty, it hits very close to home.

I have sympathy for all murder victims and their families, and they deserve the respect and dignity of having the crime against them solved quickly and with compassion. But, I speak for my family as well as myself when I say that the only thing that bothers me about this case is the lack of respect for police officers these days.

I am proud of all the officers who poured their blood, sweat and tears into finding Officer Skerski's murderer. They don't deserve to have their "enthusiasm" and "passion" questioned, they deserve a raise!

Kathleen Ferry, Philadelphia

The dreadlock factor

Re Lisa Nutter's quote: "I'm voting for your husband because you have dreads":

Is this really how Philadelphians vote for their next mayor?

Very interesting. It really gets you thinking.

(Cut me a break!)

Mike Ingram, Philadelphia