Thursday, December 18, 2014

Price to shelter

8/6/2014

[The following is a response to a July 8 Reader Forum submission, “What taxpayers need to know about Prairie Paws,” by J.E. “Jim” Trendel.] 

Shame on you. Were you at the Franklin County Board of Commissioners meeting when the comment was made about it costing more to shelter an animal than an inmate? It was a tongue-in-cheek remark and the shelter is primarily funded through major donations and monies from Miami County for any animals that are brought to the shelter from their county. The shelter asked for a nominal increase, but was denied. However, our common-sense and responsible, compassionate commissioners did not cut the little funding that our tax dollars are designated to this much-needed facility.

[The following is a response to a July 8 Reader Forum submission, “What taxpayers need to know about Prairie Paws,” by J.E. “Jim” Trendel.] 

Shame on you. Were you at the Franklin County Board of Commissioners meeting when the comment was made about it costing more to shelter an animal than an inmate? It was a tongue-in-cheek remark and the shelter is primarily funded through major donations and monies from Miami County for any animals that are brought to the shelter from their county. The shelter asked for a nominal increase, but was denied. However, our common-sense and responsible, compassionate commissioners did not cut the little funding that our tax dollars are designated to this much-needed facility.

An inmate is incarcerated because of breaking the law — the very laws that protect us. Inmates can feed themselves. They can shower themselves. They can keep their living quarters clean without assistance. They can even tell you that a tooth in their mouth is abscessed. Your tax dollars pay for all of their medical care while incarcerated (unless Obamacare covers it, which means you pay anyway).

Domestic animals are not guilty of endangering lives because of impaired driving. A dog or cat is not armed with a gun or deadly weapon. The animals at the shelter are not there because they raped someone. Nor are they there for child molestation or elderly abuse. Please tell me what price tag you would put on the lives of the innocent? Both human and helpless animals?

I don’t think the inmates should be allowed near the animals. They chose to break the law and do not deserve the privilege of the comfort of these loving creatures of God. Further, these sweet inmates are the very ones that circulate habit-forming and life-threatening drugs to our children. What a great care giver for a helpless animal.

I can’t wait any longer for an answer from your letter ... ”So what is your point?” Here is mine:

You never soar so high as when you stoop down to help a child or an animal.

What price would you put on that?

Marcia Funk,

Homewood

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