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March 11, 2013

No-kill shelter, Al Gore, snow, more

A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week and this week:

On a story about President Barack Obama’s nomination of Gina McCarthy to lead the federal environmental protection agency:

• The government needs to quit worrying about things beyond their control, such as climate change, and about taking people’s guns. They need to worry about things that need to be taken care of like the economy — Renee B.

• Yet again religious zealots in control of our government, only this time it is the church of global warming with their profit ... er I mean prophet Al Gore. Not saying that climate change isn’t occurring, just that for the most part this all seems to be mostly a money scam fronted by a politician who is heavily invested in the programs to prevent/offset the damage, and making a ton of money telling us about it in books and public appearances. I’m sorry I just don’t trust a profit ... crap ... prophet’s word when he is financially benefitting from the hysteria he himself is creating — Joseph L.

• How about you work on a federal budget first — Dreama A.

• Al Gore is not “playing the market,” he insists there is coming global warming, and then buys a mansion on the beach. And many people still take him seriously — Matt H.

On a poll question asking if Mercer County needs a no-kill animal shelter:

• Yes — Angela G.

• Most definitely, a lot of great animals die for no reason — Sam S.

• They also need to be able to heartworm test and treat the strays — Angela G.

• Yes — Ellen T.

• Yes, and we need the vets to offer low cost spay and neuter clinics — Patty H.

• Yes and a new commissioner and whole new staff — Ciindy W.

• Absolutely!!! — Deb.

• Mercer County needs more responsible pet owners. If you can't afford to spay/neuter a pet, you can't afford a pet — Courtney N.

• Yes, yes, yes!!!! Mercer shelter's kill rate is very high — 65 percent or more — Julie D.

• Yes they do. Terrible to kill these animals — Cathy T.

• Absolutely and yes. There should be help to spay and neuter. It kills me when people say if you can't afford it, you shouldn't have a pet. I might need help getting my animal neutered (average cost: $100, after it's said and done) but I got an animal off the street, gave it a home and love. I can afford to feed my pets, but the high cost of spaying/neutering sometimes is hard to come up with in a lump sum. I would think it's better to help animals about to be put down, who never experienced love to have someone give them a home and care for them, even if they can't afford on their own all the possible expenses of vet bills. That is why there is assistance out there to help. It's not just one person's job. It's a problem that affects everyone to try to help out together. The real focus is getting an animal out of the shelter and into a good home — Bobby L.

• Yes ... and I will go to the BDT and vote! — Janie F.

• The only human answer is "yes." There are many good people in this area who work diligently to save our shelter animals. But when you spend so much time with a "high kill" shelter, it can be emotionally devastating. Volunteers photograph, network, foster and spend time looking into the eyes of these living, feeling creatures. When their time is up, we can only stand by helplessly and watch them die. These are domestic animals. They rely on us to do the right thing, to give them a chance. Current policy says they will be held five days and then "euthanized." Let's call it what it is ... they will be killed through no fault of their own. The fault lies with us. We are failing our responsibility. When did these wonderful companion animals come to be regarded as disposable. How heartless ... how tragic. Please support and work toward a no kill shelter — Sharon C.

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