Letters to the editor

February 06, 2004

This 'solution' needs some work

To the editor:

This letter is in response to the Mr. Kauffman who wants to outlaw the veterinarian's and pet owner's only answer to humanely ending their pet's life.

This person's idea was that we should immediately outlaw the drugs used to euthanize pets because it causes suffering to the animal we are attempting to kill. And then make a law requiring all citizens to spay and neuter their pets. What in the world is this person thinking?

Tens of thousands of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized yearly in the U.S. Shucks, China just killed more than 10,000 cats last month.


How is this spay-and-neuter program going to contain the very next day's kennel full of homeless animals when we outlaw this euthanization drug today? This isn't a solution. It just creates a larger problem! Where is his solution to the full kennel? Are we supposed to drown them in the river in a burlap sack? Are we supposed to slit their throats from ear to ear and let them bleed out?

Kauffman was right on one account. Responsible pet ownership is a key issue. New laws will never cure that problem. Because outlaws will always be able to get dogs and cats from the back of some dealer's car. Kauffman's $300 fine is nothing but a joke to the majority of pet purchasers.

Pets serve one purpose in this society. They make their masters feel important, if only for a short period of time. Then the pet ends up neglected or caged out of sight in the backyard behind the garage. New owners often don't realize that a dog or cat will forever be like a human infant. The pet will never be able to be self-sufficient. Often when the owners do realize this it means a trip to the pound!

Society has to deal with the idea that a pet must be killed. We all know that being on the receiving end of a killing is painful at best. Either your own pet or some other person's pet will have to be killed.

Pets are not humans. The veterinarian professional is the one true human who is asked to pay for society's shortcomings. I have the utmost respect for my veterinarians. Veterinarians have very few tools to accomplish their tasks.

Kauffman and those like him are quick to point out the ills of euthanization but never offer any better answers to the problem.

Henry Hawley
Fayetteville, Pa.

Is this the right dream?

To the editor:

The Bush administration is proposing we begin to work toward sending men and women to the moon again. I have two questions. First is this, where our priorities should begin? Should we be committing our resources to national health care or energy self-sufficiency instead of space exploration? I think it demands debate.

Second, is this space exploration idea just an election-year ploy to get votes in electoral-rich Florida, Texas and California, where numerous space agencies are located?

I believe we need a dream in this country and travel to the moon and beyond may be that dream. However we need debate all across America about whether that is the right dream. I feel national health care and energy self sufficiency need to be examined along with other pressing issues.

Meredith Fouche

A big snow job from Hagerstown

To the editor:

The City of Hagerstown is pounding the pavement again. Now it's called enforcing snow removal, after all the years it has been on the books. The City of Hagerstown says we can make money off the elderly and disabled, so let's charge them to remove the snow that they can't physically shovel or have the money to pay someone else to do it for them.

Well I have an idea for the city fathers. It's called community service hours. Just set up a phone number for the elderly and the disabled to call for snow and ice removal, and then match up a high school age person in their area to do the job for them.

This would not only help those who really need the help at this time of year, but would help those high school pupils to achieve their hours of community service. Just thought this might just be a solution to both of the problems.

Emmitt Norcross Jr.

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