Letters to the editor 2/16

February 17, 2003

Dogs love the outdoors

To the editor:

I'm writing in response to all the letters about the Society for the Prevention of Cruelity to Animals.

First of all, dogs were once wild, free-ranging animals that survived by thier own devices. They didn't have heat, hot and cold running water, or electricity. They only had a fur coat and whatever shelter they could find. They had to find water where they could, and hunt for their food.

I own two healthy basset hounds that constantly beg to be outside. When I lived at my other house, my dogs stayed outside all day long, no matter what the weather was like - and they probably got more attention than some dogs that stayed in all the time.

My dogs had shelter and plenty of water and were content. Unfortunately, humans try to "humanize" animals. In other words, they try to say animals feel the same way they do. If asked, the vast magority of dogs would love to live outside, especially if they get food, water and shelter.


I can't see how the SPCA says that they are concerned about animal welfare when they would rather kill a dog than give it to a good home that would provide all that the dog could possibly want or need.

Alex McIntyre


Homeless are people too

To the editor:

I find myself deeply horrified and saddened when I read the Mail Call section of the paper and all I see is people complaining about the homeless people in the library.

Since when does being homeless mean you are no longer a part of society and therefore you cannot be seen in public places?

These people have just as much right to be there as everyone else. I know that everyone has heard the phrase "treat others as you would want to be treated."

What if this were you?

You are cold, tired and hungry, and the only place you can go to get warm and relax is the Washington County Free Public Library. Now repeat that title and think about it for just a moment: The Washington County Free Public Library.

It is free for the public, (and that does mean everyone) to enjoy no matter what there situation.

Society is so willing to help solve everyone else's problems in this world, but when faced with our own misfortunes we want to throw them away or hide them so we won't be embarrassed by them.

These are people just like you and me who need a little compassion. To those who are bothered by this, there is a simple fix to this so-called problem: Don't go to the library! Wake up Hagerstown and stop being so judgmental, selfish and uncaring. This could very well be you some day.

L. Imes

(Currently in) U.S. Navy

Norfolk, Va.

Not all handicaps are obvious

To the editor:

I'm replying to Paula Greenfield's letter on Jan. 19 regarding disabled parking. I have a disabled parking permit for a reason. I don't have it for decoration. It annoys me when I see some who take advantage of parking in the disabled spots.

It is true there are some who use someone else's permit to park in a disabled spot when the disabled person is not in the vehicle. More frequently it is ones who are not disabled at all. Either they are parking in the disabled slots or on the slanted access areas or they are parking way too close to a disabled person's vehicle.

They ought to thank God they have two strong working legs to run back and forth to their destination. Some day in the future they are going to think differently because they will get old and need disabled spots, and realize what it is like to be in our shoes. The laziness and pettiness of people like that is very irritating and disrespectful.

Please remember that a physical disability just doesn't end with someone in a wheelchair. They are plenty of people in this world who use other devices such as braces, canes, crutches, walkers or, like myself, no device at all. That doesn't change the fact that someone has a physical disability or a mobility problem.

I would like to see public awareness and education for the Washington County community about the rules and regulations where they pertain to disabled parking.

I'm sure most of us are aware of the rules, but there are some who aren't and also there are some issues that I feel aren't being properly addressed. I believe that putting an awareness guide out to the community would help better educate the general public, be it disabled or non-disabled, about the parking rules. Some people out there think a disabled spot is an "I'm better than you" spot which it's not, and I'd like to see that change.

Helen Willis


Space program must go on

To the editor:

I don't agree with Clarence Page's premise, in the Feb. 8 Herald Mail, that we need to ask, "...why we're still interested in space."

There are so many obvious reasons why we're interested in space, both robotically and humanly explored, it would take literally forever to list them. But, curiously enough, Page, in contradicting himself in the 10th paragraph of his piece, presents one of the best arguments for manned capability in space.

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