Day of Action
TO THE EDITOR: Almost every day we read about another shooting.
We expect a mass shooting like in Newtown or Aurora every few months. Do we really want a country where such tragedies become commonplace?
Assault weapons whose bullets explode in the body have not made us safer. Guns with high-capacity magazines have not made us safer.
Banning machine guns, on the other hand, has made us safer than we’d otherwise be.
We need common-sense gun reform to achieve a safer society — ideally, one where no one gets killed at school, at work, at the movies, at the mall or just walking down the street.
Thursday, March 28, is a National Day of Action on this matter. Call our senators (Chuck Schumer at 202-224-6542 and Kirsten Gillibrand at 202-224-4451). You can find petitions on the web, as well.
Demand whatever reforms you agree with — reforms such as universal background checks to keep guns out of dangerous hands, limitations on magazine rounds and a ban on assault weapons.
The NRA leadership will continue to lobby from their extremist position. Unless you let your views be known, their voices will be the only ones heard.
TO THE EDITOR: Our organization has been helping stray and abandoned cats since 2002.
We have seen first-hand thousands of homeless cats suffer over the years due to animal cruelty and neglect.
Each year, we spay/neuter 100 to 200 cats to reduce overpopulation. We adopt out healthy, tame cats and kittens.
We use Peru Veterinary Clinic as our primary vet. Our hopes are to have local veterinarians come together once a year and have a spay day, which is much needed. Spring is almost here, and kitten season is approaching; only 1 out of 6 will survive.
We conduct Trap-Neuter-Return each year when funds are available. Cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and vaccinated. By using this method, the breeding stops and cats are vaccinated against rabies.
We have several areas that are highly populated, and the cats need to be sterilized before the colonies grow bigger. Four cats in five years equals 2,500 cats.
We have many caring individuals take their own funds to spay/neuter cats. Some have spent the last 10 years providing food and shelter for colonies. Licensing for cats and fines are needed to prevent future problems.
We want to thank all who have helped us to continue this vital work, saving lives, one cat at a time. Our organization depends 100 percent on public donations to provide ongoing care for felines and emergency rescues.
Monetary donations are tax deductible and can be sent to St. John Feral Cat Fund Inc., P.O. Box 2884, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 or call 645-4064.
To find out more, go to our website: http://members.petfinder.com/~NY483/index.html.
VICTORIA ANN ST. JOHN