Haunting vision of vicious attack
While hiking Section 16 last Saturday at 3 p.m. on a beautiful Colorado afternoon, my dog (leashed) was attacked by two pit bulls (also leashed). Their owner, twice, claimed she had them under control. She did not.
Without provocation, or so much as a sniff, the pit bulls attacked us. They viciously attacked my 40-pound cattle dog, ripping apart her neck and rear, taking me down as well, as I helplessly tried to help my dog.
Two hikers came to our rescue and beat on the dogs but to no avail. The dogs were out to kill. Finally, one of the hikers hit the pit bull that had my dog by the throat, which released her for a second and she was able to slip out of her collar and run away from the beasts. (Thank God my children weren't with me.)
After seven hours in the animal ER, our beloved dog, Luna, came home. But the vicious wounds and the haunted visions will take a long time to heal.
This could have been prevented. I beg you, dog owners, get to know your dog, be responsible and take the necessary steps to prevent attacks like this one from happening. These dogs should have had muzzles on when in public. Better yet, they should be kept at home.
We were lucky this time to get out alive; others may not.
To our two trail saviors and the Uintah Pet Emergency staff, you have our deepest gratitude for saving our dog Luna.
What we are doing isn't working
So, El Pomar is contributing $50K to "assist" the homeless problem and The Broadmoor is donating excess food to the homeless shelter. Sounds good? Perhaps, but what is the ultimate outcome? The problem seems to be enlarging rather than diminishing. Wouldn't it be more productive to Google Robert Marbot, who consults with cities to reduce the problem by a whopping 80 percent?
How long do we need to twist ourselves into a pretzel before we conclude that what we are doing is not working? Enough is enough.
Bad idea to relocate Bighorns
Has the Colorado Parks and Wildlife really thought through the relocation of the Bighorns near Garden of the Gods? They spend most of their time near Glen Eyrie where they are very used to people and can be easily approached.
Relocating them to an area where they can be hunted is a death sentence. They have no fear of people and will be quickly shot. What are they thinking?
A new shingles vaccine
The Jan. 30 edition of Dr. Roach's column on multiple sclerosis and the shingles vaccine omitted a very important final paragraph regarding the new Shingrix vaccine as follows:
"There is a new shingles vaccine called Shingrix, hopefully available soon. It is a subunit vaccine, made without any infectious virus. The MS society has not written about the new vaccine, but based on the biology of MS and shingles, I think that the benefit of the new vaccine greatly outweighs any small risk of an exacerbation. Again, this needs to be individualized with your doctor."
This new vaccine finally allows many of us with compromised immune systems to protect ourselves from getting shingles. While local supplies may be limited right now, Shingrix is available in some Colorado Springs pharmacies. Unfortunately, most insurance companies have not yet begun covering the required two doses, but I'm sure they will later this year.
Political partisanship and favoritism
Well, that party of transparency, the Democrats, is having a cow over the possibility of some memos being released to the public. Let me get this straight: Their former party leader, Hillary Clinton, stored classified material on an unclassified server, possibly revealing multiple sources, and now they want to protect sources?
For an even bigger laugh, they are trying to charge the Republicans with disrespect of the FBI. Like most Americans, we deeply respect the FBI and all of our law enforcement agencies. The problem is that the higher ups in the FBI is rife with political partisanship and liberal favoritism. What would have been the cry of the liberal media had Republicans created a resistance movement against former President Barack Obama? Yet, Democrats give money, participation and hearty approval to those who rail against our sitting president, and the liberal press says nothing.
Unless you have been living in a cave, you should be aware of the efforts to prevent the election of President Donald Trump and the efforts to hinder and impeach him after he won. Now, this same bunch is trying to prevent the public from seeing material they believe will compromise sources. They could care less about sources. They, like roaches, fear the light and realize they might lose even more seats in November.
So, I say release the texts for public review. The longer they fight this battle, the worse it will be as the elections approach. I am not trying to help them but want to know how my tax dollars are being spent.
Feels like a loss of freedom
Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" should be required listening for all Colorado Department of Transportation employees. This song was definitely not about a toll road, and it illustrates the freedom many Americans associate with toll-free highways. For me, to install toll roads, whether they be "Express Lanes" or full-blown tolled highways, will feel like a loss of freedom.
I am adamantly opposed to installation of tolls on I-25. I-25 widening should be funded through taxes, either existing or new, and not tolls.