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Letters: Animal welfare is important topic

Animal welfare is important topic
Thanks to Dr. Michael Bitzer for a great job of moderating the county commissioner candidate forum at Catawba College on Thursday night. The Post’s coverage was good, except that it failed to report on questions and responses regarding what to do about the county’s animal overpopulation.
Here is my summary of the candidates’ responses, along with some comments:
Carl Ford indicated that animal overpopulation should be handled, not by the county, but by volunteers, as is done in Cabarrus County. (Ford may not be aware of the fact that the Cabarrus County Department of Social Services gives pet spay/neuter vouchers to low-income families who qualify.) He also suggested that animal volunteer groups be permitted to use the county government TV channel to advertise adoptable pets.
Raymond Coltrain and Jim Sides said they would consider a low-cost spay/neuter program if it would save the county money, but they would need t be provided the figures.
All three candidates said they would not consider a county requirement to license all pets. (It was not stated, but I assume such a license would be a way to fund a spay/neuter program and/or to keep up with rabies inoculations.)
I hope this information is helpful to Rowan County voters who support the humane treatment of animals but could not attend the forum.
ó Polly Anderson
Salisbury
Fisher fights for us
Dr. Ada Fisher is all right. As a small businessman struggling to make it, I know that if there is something happening with the Chamber of Commerce or economic development programs of interest, she will inform the community. As I sought to remodel my facility, I was surprised to learn she even knows a bit about building construction and design.
I and so many others have been known to show up in Fisher’s driveway, seeking her assistance on a variety of matters. And she frequently drops by the barber shop to joke and chat with the customers, dispense medical advice when asked, buy fried fish or help us with getting the educational affairs of our kids straight.
I also know Fisher is a big supporter of Livingstone College.
Dr. Ada M. Fisher is always there fighting for us. It is about time people in Salisbury seriously consider putting this “doctor in the House.”
ó Byron M. Brown
Salisbury
Brown is manager and co-owner of Modern Beauty and Barber Center/Randall’s Barber Shop.
No more abortion
Have you ever wondered if America has truly killed its future? I have.
Thanks to abortion, we have murdered more than 44 million children since 1973. How many of those killed in the womb would have been doctors with the cure to cancer or AIDS? How many would have been scientific geniuses with the answer to our energy future? How many life-changing ideas have been ruthlessly, carelessly destroyed and have never come to pass because we have killed them?
Have the soulmates of my children, whom God intended for them to someday marry and find true happiness with, been thrown into a dumpster somewhere? I wonder.
I grieve for America. Can we please stop this insanity? Can we please stop killing our future? The Democratic platform stands for abortion on demand. How sad! No matter how many great ideas our Democratic candidates may have, I cannot vote for them. They are killing America by killing Americans. Stop it!
ó David DeVos
Rockwell
Obama knows pain
In response to the article (Sept. 19), “Liberal media unfairly attach Palin”:
In the history of anyone running for president of the United States or any other top position in this nation, he or she has never had to defend himself or herself like Barack Obama had to do ó which he handled superbly and with much dignity ó even to the point of having to explain what came out of someone else’s mouth. Intelligence like that did not come from a “cesspool from Chicago.” That came from hurt, pain and wanting to do better ó something that was planted, cultivated and deeply rooted in surviving such as the time like now.
This nation is hurting, and many people are suffering on every side of the economy, and we all know it. This is not the time for anyone to spew out their own personal hate, bigotry, prejudice and unwanted distorted views.
ó James E. Neely
East Spencer

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