We need humane animal regulations
What exactly is the definition of a "tether"? It sounds like a very benign word that could be misconstrued in whatever direction you would want it, but my problem with it is -- a logging chain? Maybe a tie-out or something on a runner? No one who puts their dogs out occasionally is going to put it out on a logging chain, are they?
I have horses, and I know horse owners have been, unfortunately, known to do a lot of cruel things to them, but I have not ever heard of using logging chains as the usual type of restraint!
I can only imagine the animal laws could require a lot of time and effort on quite a few groups, so I certainly have pity and gratitude for anyone working to make them better. One suggestion would be to make it absolutely illegal to breed dogs unless someone has gone through a program educating them in all the aspects of breeding. Charge a fee, and make it difficult to get the approval. Surely that would help cut down on all the strays and unwanted pets.
I was certainly dismayed to know that the man who had the 13 or 14 pit bulls returned to him did not comply with the requirements the judge had set forth. What was the point of the restrictions if he did not really have to comply? This was, I thought, to have been a punishment for him not doing these things, such as dog houses for each dog, water, food, shelter, spaying or neutering, and all vaccinations by a vet, not by the owner.
We cannot continue to ignore the problems with the animals in this area. The more we see actually makes us more complacent! Thank you for continuing to put the pleas for better animal control and better education in the paper.
Two candidates have similarities
As a conservative Republican and former elected official, I was very impressed by the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain's vice-presidential running mate. I also was struck by the similarities between Palin and another conservative female candidate that we have running for local office here in our own area.
Beyond the obvious similarities, both Sarah Palin and Mandy Powers Norrell are attractive candidates. If elected, Palin will be the first ever female vice-president and Norrell will be South Carolina's only female state senator. Both have small town roots, meaning that both of them have a feel for what regular folks are going through and the struggles that all of us are facing in reaching for the American Dream. They are both smart and good public speakers who will speak up for working families. Both women have worked their way up in life and neither has had success handed to her on a silver platter.
Both women are willing to take on powerful interests. As a lawyer working for regular people, Norrell has never shied away from taking on local and state government and big financial interests.
Both are women of faith, not just in words but in their daily lives. I know that Norrell has been a member of Lancaster First Baptist Church for almost 30 years and that she and her husband are raising their children as Christians as well. Palin and Norrell don't just talk about family values, they live them.
As governor of Alaska, Palin has been a champion of the pro-life movement, while Norrell has been active on the grass-roots level as an advisory board member of Lancaster's Pregnancy Care Center for several years.
And guess what? Both women support the Second Amendment, even though it's not usually seen as a "woman's issue."
I am sure we can all find issues and positions that the we can disagree about with both of these women, but it is the big stuff that matters. The biggest difference between the two is that Palin is a Republican and Norrell is a Democrat. But that shouldn't matter to thinking people who want to elect folks who are strong well-grounded conservative leaders.
I urge all of my friends, Republican and Democrat, to vote for Sarah Palin for vice president and Mandy Powers Norrell for State Senate.
Stanley H. Smith
Focus on more important issues
In response to Ed Jeffcoat's letter regarding the new "flat" license plate: My goodness, if that's all he has to complain about with the gas problems and the war going on, starving and homeless people, etc, this man needs a life!
I mean, do you even see your plate, and what's the big deal if it is flat? Is this going to ruin our country or make the gas prices go down?