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Letters to the editorrrrr – Saturday (8-2-08)

Back in the swim with water therapy
In 1948 (my second year in college), I was diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis. I have had many corrective surgeries: staples in both ankles, many synovectomies, two artificial hips, two artificial knees, as well as an artificial finger joint.
I’ve experienced numerous bone breaks and fractures. This demands many new adjustments: using a metal “reacher” to retrieve dropped items etc., as well as asking for help when things are out of my reach. We know the value of being physically active, and this is true of arthritics.
Recently, my daughter (God bless her) arranged for me to take water therapy at Finch YMCA in Thomasville, under the instruction of physical therapist Timothy Ellis. Due to the severity of the disease, we exercise cautiously. We work together to see how much motion my body will tolerate. If the action becomes painful, Mr. Ellis tries a different approach.
Results of water physical therapy are far beyond anything I could imagine, physically and mentally. First, my appetite and posture have improved. It is wonderful to be physically tired, which allows for more restful sleep. The muscles in my arms and legs are getting stronger. During a recent exercise, I stood erect for the first time in 25 years. I am walking in the water!
The purpose of this letter is to encourage all arthritics. There is hope! Please mention to your doctor about taking water exercises. I want to see you at the YMCA or pool of your choice, gaining renewed strength, vigor and determination so that you, too, can enjoy all the wonders God has made.
ó Virginia Weant Sides
Thomasville
Cruelty to animals I
I am amazed at the ignorance and stupidity of people who, in this intense heat, leave pets outdoors to suffer. They think that having a doghouse will keep their animals comfortable in 90 degree-plus heat and high humidity.
I think these people should stay in doghouses themselves and let the animals live in regular houses. No animal should be penned up or tied outdoors anytime. What did these poor animals do to deserve such inhumane treatment?
I you have a pet, you have a pet, and pets should be loved and petted and walked and shown lots of attention, not tied to a post or a tree or caged. Several places in particular that make me sick are located on the corner of Park Avenue East and Arlington, the corner of North Long Street and Park Avenue, West Miller Street and the corner of West Horah Street and Institute Street.
These are not the only ones in town. There are many others who couldn’t care less about their pet’s suffering. The Humane Society said they cannot do a thing because “the dogs have a doghouse.”
What a pity.
ó Wendy Phillips
Salisbury
Cruelty to animals II
This is for the person who ran over a white dog on Salisbury Avenue in Spencer and didn’t stop! Left him lying there in the pouring rain untilsomeone finally stopped and put him on the side of the road.
A couple of us got him in my car and took him to the nearest vet. (No thanks to you!) We did the best we could do, but unfortunately, it was too late; he died on the vet’s table. If I had seen you hit this dog, I would have had you arrested! That’s what should happen when someone hits an animal and doesn’t stop, or when someone abuses an animal. Where I come from, that’s what happens!
Maybe someday the laws will be changed!
I want to thank the Spencer fireman and his mother for all their help. I’m sorry I didn’t get their names.
ó Joan A. Batson
Spencer

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