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Letters to the editor — Thursday (8-14-14)

No way around it;
county shelters kill
I’ve written about this many times. I feel like no one is listening. County shelters kill! They have no choice due to overcrowding. In North Carolina, there is no such thing as a no-kill county shelter.
Depending on the shelter, this will happen to an animal within three to 14 days of being found by animal control as a stray or being surrendered.
If you are going to surrender an animal to a county shelter, please ask the simple question: How long does my pet have until it is put down?
Always remember you have alternatives to county shelters. There are many no-kill rescues in every part of the United States. All you have to do is make some calls or send a few emails.
Your loving pet, that has never committed a punishable crime, deserves a chance at a happy life if you cannot keep them or just do not want them anymore. They do not deserve to be killed, regardless of your circumstances.
If you lose your pet, the first thing you should always do is call every county shelter in your surrounding areas. Pets can travel very quickly in no time.
Don’t forget: spay/neuter means less shelter deaths too.
— Angie Allred
Thomasville

J.V. team, huh?
In January 2014, Barack Hussein Obama airily dismissed the threat of splinter al-Qaida groups like ISIS
In an interview with New Yorker editor David Remnick, Obama said, “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant. I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”
Question: if ISIS is a “J.V. team,” in what league would one expect to successfully (wins versus losses) place the advisors of Obama, and Obama himself?
— Stephen Owen
Kannapolis

Not convinced
What a slap in the face to know our current county commissioners are interviewing county manager candidates. Although this is protocol, no way am I convinced the interviewing process to evaluate qualifications of prospective candidates will take place without prejudice.
If current county commissioners make poor judgment calls, how in the world can they be trusted to select a qualified person? We need solid and strong decision makers.
— Jamie Kimmer
Salisbury

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