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Letters to the Editor - April 28

April 28, 2012

This couple won’t be rescuing any more shelter dogs


To the editor:

My husband and I recently lost two of our dogs. They were 15 and 12, and died from old age and cancer.

Since we hadn’t looked for a dog in many years, we were unaware of the new trend in dog adoptions. We have always been people to rescue dogs instead of purchasing them, believing that those in rescue deserved a chance. We have had wonderful lives with our dogs, and unknown to us we were apparently being irresponsible dog parents.

You see, we let our dogs play in the yard while we worked during the day. We thought that dogs liked to play outside and run around. We have shelters, water and an underground fence, but apparently this is a bad thing. We were told that it is better to kennel the dog in the house while we work. I don’t understand this trend, and I am glad that no one asks me to go eight or more hours without going to the bathroom.

Since I won’t be quitting my job to stay home and supervise a dog in my yard, we won’t rescue a dog from a shelter. We will look elsewhere. I am sorry for this trend, which limits good dog owners from helping those in need simply because they don’t believe in keeping a dog in the house all of the time.


Teresa Spruill
Smithsburg



Careful consideration must be given to proposed trail


To the editor:

After months of both disparity and unity, one is left to wonder about the status of the proposed rail-to-trail project from Hagerstown to Weverton. Many are of the opinion that Project Open Space funds could be used for all or a portion of this project. They argue if those funds are not used in Washington County, they will be used elsewhere in the state.

I know some landowners whose property the right-of-way crosses. From my perspective, it is a far different concept for railroad trains to cross your land five or six times a day than for hikers/bikers to be using the right-of-way from sunup to sundown.

I am not opposed to all hiker/biker trails, I just think serious consideration must be given to all factors when considering the development of one. At first glance, the development of this hiker/biker trail seems like a win-win for the public. I have serious doubts if Project Open Space money will provide enough funds to complete this project; then, the taxpayers of Maryland and/or Washington County will have to foot the bill.


Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg

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