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Letters to the editor – Sunday (7-19-09)

Get involved ó buy local
It seems everyone is feeling the economic pinch these days. It is more important than ever that we support and maintain our local infrastructure right here at home in Rowan County! To boost this effort, we begin the “$20 on the 20th” initiative tomorrow.
When you spend a dollar at a local business, it re-circulates in our community more quickly than if you had spent that dollar in another county. When you do this it means more of Rowan’s citizens are getting a paycheck, paying their rent and purchasing goods and services that they need from other local businesses. The recycling of this dollar is the primary reason why staying local and buying local strengthens our local economy right here at home. And small local businesses are the largest employer in our county, providing the most jobs to our residents.
I would like to encourage our citizens to stay local and buy local. If possible, please support your neighbors and support your community by participating in the “$20 on the 20th” initiative.
ó Jon Barber
Mt. Ulla
Barber is vice chairman of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners.We’re faithful to our mission
Regarding the July 16 letter “Thanks to all who helped rescue neglected dogs”:
Mandy Nance and Peggy Mills did indeed ask Faithful Friends to find fosters for and pay for the vet care for two dogs tied to a tree. They said the owner was in the hospital and his sister was feeding the dogs. They also said they were unable to approach one of the dogs because of aggressive behavior. I explained to them, more than once, that it is illegal to take someone else’s dogs, and that Rowan County Animal Control should be called if the dogs were being neglected.
I also explained that I could not ask someone else to foster an aggressive dog that I would not feel safe taking to my own home. They were not willing to take the dogs to their homes, either. I am glad to hear they were later able to get the owner to surrender possession and get the dogs new homes that they feel are more suitable.
Faithful Friends does not yet have a sanctuary. But when we do open, we will do our best to ensure that any animal we adopt out is safe, by having a dog trainer do a personality assessment before we accept it into the sanctuary and by observation for a 14-day quarantine period before they go up for adoption.
This responsibility is not something we take lightly.
ó Anne Ingram
Salisbury
Ingram is president of Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary.

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