Middle East repeat
Our president wants to put ground troops to fight ISIS based on a threat to the Middle East, not America. Unless the United Nations puts troops on this terrorist eradication, this is not a viable action. Just another Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
-- Joe Hubbard
Taxes going up?
This week the Peach County Board of Education published a legal notice regarding that $32 million E-LOST which voters will approve in the near future. I say “will approve” since voters outnumber taxpayers by a wide margin and the requirement for “new” includes athletic facilities for baseball, basketball and of course, football. None of these contribute to the grade-point averages of students, but a high-grade athlete will be enrolled in a high-grade college much faster than a student with only a 4.0 GPA. So much for the eyewash of a “good education” in a new high school. Taxpayers, hang onto your hat, taxes are headed for the stratosphere.
-- Ken Brown
Whose ditch and pipe is it?
For 27 years we have lived on 828 Winchester Circle in Macon. I have contacted the city on numerous occasions to come out and make repairs to a pipe coming from a city drain off the street in front of my house. The drain pipe from the road runs through my yard under my driveway and onto the back yard into a larger ditch. The soil is washing away from where the underground cement pipes and have come apart over time leaving sink holes in my yard leading back to a larger ditch which is next to the city sewage main that also runs across my backyard. But with little avail do I get any response from the city except from the outstanding (they are standing somewhere but we just don’t know where?) Engineering Department. I keep getting the same answer. “It’s your ditch but the city has control of it.” Well they don’t clean it or fix it. Again my question is who’s ditch and pipe is it? Every once in a while when I contact someone at the Maintenance Department I will get a crew out to put cement and a little dirt in a hole, but that gets washed away on the next rain. It’s common, just throw a little dirt on it and forget about it. I guess that’s how Macon looks after all of its taxpayers who are paying for all the museum’s and street parties.
-- Steven E. Huff
Think pound not purchase
Every year, around 2.7 million dogs and cats are not adopted and faced with euthanasia. If you can judge the strength of a community by the way it treats its animals, perhaps we are not as strong as we think we are. Animal welfare is a topic often forgotten within communities, but it could easily be improved through more funding to shelters and more support for adopting pets from shelters.
Shelters are often given the minimum amount of funding possible. This insufficiency has led the animals to being subjected to extremely close living quarters, leading to the increase of many deadly diseases. Many of these diseases could easily be prevented through the use of vaccinations. With greater funding and support, shelters may be better able to hold dogs and cats in more reasonable enclosures as well as providing select vaccinations, which would offer greater aid in preventing the spread of diseases.
Since many families choose to buy pets from pet stores rather than adopt, only 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters. This choice of buying rather than adopting is often caused by a preference for a certain breed or for the animals to be purebred, but 25 percent of the dogs in shelters are actually purebred. With greater support for adoption of pound pets, the number of animals left to the fate of euthanasia could be greatly diminished.
-- Brooke Barker