Letters to the Editor

12/02 Your letters: Bob Marotto, Youmna Elkamhawy ad Rob Ransone

Give a pet a home

In the spirit of the season, I wanted to be sure that everyone is aware that this is a very special time of the year for pets as well as for people. “Home for the Holidays” is our seasonal effort to rehome shelter animals as well as to ensure that lost pets find their way home.

In order to rehome as many shelter pets as possible – not only cats and dogs but bunnies and so-called pocket pets – we are discounting our adoption fees until Dec. 30.

By the way, if adding a pet to your household is not an option, I wanted to mention that we have many adoption sponsors and that it very easy to become one. These are people who sponsor some or all of an animal’s adoption fee and all they need to do is call Orange County Animal Services, at 919-942-7387, and talk to one of our staff.

A canned pet food drive is another important part of our outreach and efforts during the holiday season. These cans are being collected for people in the community who are experiencing difficulties in feeding their beloved cats and dogs as well as themselves as a result of economic challenges. The cans we collect at the Animal Services Center (through Dec. 16) will be delivered to Orange Congregation in Mission and Meals on Wheels for distribution to county residents during the holiday season.

On behalf of Animal Services, I want to invite our community to contribute to the canned pet food drive and to spread the word about our adoption specials (or sponsorships) during the holiday season. These and kindred acts of kindness express the spirit of the season and they fortify the human animal bond in our community and our culture.

We’d like to wish everyone a wonderful (and safe) holiday season.

Bob Marotto

Animal Services director

Orange County Animal Services

Bad public policy

It’s clear who will benefit from the new tax plan in Washington: the rich. What we’re hearing less about is who will pay the consequences – and that’s hardworking, low-income Americans.

This year we’ve already seen attempts to gut essential programs like Medicaid and SNAP (formerly Food Stamps). So after giving away $1.5 trillion in tax breaks to millionaires, those same critical programs would likely wind up back on the chopping block. Meanwhile, the bill would unravel our health care system by repealing the individual mandate.

With one in eight Americans below the poverty line, this is both bad public policy and just plain wrong. I hope we can count on our Senators to stand up against this plan.

Youmna Elkamhawy


Was it a scam?

I just got a telephone call asking for donations for a women’s cancer research fund. The woman on the phone wanted to verify my name in order to send a envelope for the donation. Since Paula is a breast cancer survivor, I agreed to a $10 donation. She thanked me and told me I would be directed to another woman who would verify my acceptance. But when the other woman came on, she asked how I wanted to pay and asked for my credit card number. I told her that I would pay when I got the envelope and verified its authenticity.

Now is a time when we need to be especially careful of scams.

Rob Ransone

Chapel Hill

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