Published: January 27, 2014
Understand the real objective
No-kill is a great idea. It allows the shelters to work more aggressively in placing shelter strays.
However, and it's a huge one, the reading public needs to know all the facts and I am certain the animal advocates (animal rights) will not allow them to be mentioned.
Many rescue groups and even shelters are actively importing strays from other countries, including but not limited to, Mexico, China, Russia, Japan and Iran. In fact, rabies has been almost nonexistent in domestic U.S. animals - but cases have recently been appeared - in imported animals.
The shelters are partially responsible for this influx. Seriously, whether the shelter positions are union, normal paid, or even volunteer - workers do not want to see their jobs disappear.
With all the onerous laws now being passed for owning intact animals and breeding, it is becoming more and more difficult to satisfy the public's demand for pets. Owing to that, purebreds are nearing extinction. It's fashionable not to see testicles on male dogs. But, as a young boy pointed out to me - if you neuter all the dogs and cats, just where will he get his dog when he's old enough to get his own? Good question - and one your readers should take into consideration.
Please - help your readers understand the real objective. They need to know that a vote supporting these extreme groups is one more brick in the path to veganism and no domestic animals!
Carol Hamilton, Colorado Springs
Not surprised, just disappointed
I compliment The Gazette for publishing the information on how to contact our elected officials. In November, I decided to take advantage of this information for the first time and wrote letters to Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall and Rep. Doug Lamborn.
I wanted a response to concerns I have about the Affordable Care Act not covering certain conditions and also wanted to share concerns and ideas I had about the U.S. 24 corridor between Woodland Park and Colorado Springs and the frequent closures in August and September of 2013.
I enclosed my address, phone number and email address. I have received no response of any kind, not even to acknowledge that my letter was received.
I'm not really surprised, but I am extremely disappointed.
This is the same response they will receive from me when they start soliciting me for contributions to their campaign and for my vote.
Sharon Ferguson, Woodland Park
Policy has caused nothing but grief
In a recent issue of the Weekly Standard, Frederick Kagan writes that former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates declares in his book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," that this nation is at war, a war that began at least 21 years ago with the first bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City. This fact is not acknowledged by President Barack Obama and many of our representatives in Washington.
Our president seems to believe that bad guys can be turned into good guys through negotiations. So far, that policy has caused us nothing but grief. We have lost some of our best "friends" in the Middle East due to vacillations by our current administration.
War continued with attacks on our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania during 1998 and on the U.S. Cole in 2000. The explanation point that drew our full attention was the 9/11 event. Only then, under the decisive leadership of President George W. Bush, was real action taken. Recently, the attack on our embassy in Benghazi must lead to the conclusion that the war continues.
No end is in sight for the war which could make the 100 Years War of medieval history seem like a piece of cake. Since it is fired by religious fanatics, the only hope for ending the war is by a revelation from above telling Muslims that killing of nonbelievers of their religion is unacceptable. (Don't bet on that happening). It appears we are locked into never-ending war funded by Mideast energy resources with plenty of young Muslims being born every day to supply cannon fodder.
To counter this, our leader in Washington proposes cutting defense budgets and more negotiations.
Dick Prosence, Meeker
Where are the laws against lying?
There are laws about truth in lending and truth in advertising. Where are the laws against lying/slanting political figures and facts? I am constantly amazed how the current administration can lie about facts pertaining to (Benghazi, NSA, IRS, Obamacare) and the liberal press lets "The Great Divider" get away with it.
Colleen K. Stiles, Colorado Springs
Thanks for the update
Dear Gazette staff,
Thank you so very much for letting us know with photos and text that Boomer is reunited with his person. How great that the finder posted on Craigslist.
Top-notch work, but then it's always that way in The Gazette.
Frankie Roland, Colorado Springs