News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion


Legal vs. illegal immigrants


We have all seen and read about the many marches in our major cities against improving control of our borders. I would assume that those immigrants who are here legally were at work and not disrupting traffic and commerce in our major cities. Therefore, those who were doing this, I feel are here illegally and I only hope the FBI and Immigration Service were there to take good pictures for future use in deportation hearings.

Did these people secure a legal parade permit? If they are in this country illegally, what do you think is the answer to this question? I saw an ad on TV about how much we would pay for a head of lettuce if we supported better control for our borders. This is a disgrace, since there already exists a law for migrant workers to enter our country legally and harvest our crops. The key word is "legally."

Then there is a problem if one of these illegals has a baby who is then automatically granted U.S. citizenship — do we deport the mother? Simply, the answer is to change the law and any baby who is born to an illegal parent is not granted citizenship and is deported with its mother.

Robert Stone


Volunteers help spruce up home


"Christmas in April" came right on time in the form of Rebuilding Together at my home on April 29.

There were 40 men and women (all volunteers) doing painting and carpentry and doing it all in one day's time. There was lots of hard work with lots of willing people.

A surprise call from Ginger Willard came in February, saying they would be here (and at eight other homes) in April. James Smithson would be the captain.

These were the nicest and kindest people you'd ever want to meet. The Methodist churches were some of the sponsors, including Central and King's Memorial. Even our City Council was represented in Ronny Russell.

I thank each and every one who volunteered their time and for all they did.

Edna Carter


No excuse for starving an animal


I have watched Animal Planet's "Animal Precinct" for years and have seen horse owners handcuffed and hauled off to jail for keeping horses in better condition than the one pictured in the Caddo pasture.

In my opinion, there is no excuse for starving an animal. If a person can't afford the basics of food, water and shelter, then he shouldn't keep the animal. He should do what is best for that animal: Let someone else take it and do right by it. I hope the law will prevail for the sake of these poor, starving horses.

Brenda Shreve


Law to protect livestock needed


It was with sheer disgust that I read the article regarding the most definitely starving horses in the May 6 edition of the newspaper. I applaud Keith Russell for taking his time to bring this mistreatment to the public eye. As the owner of horses over the years, I can assure anyone that the horses in this story are being starved and mistreated by receiving no care from a vet — end of point, end of statement. There is absolutely no possible way that they can be in this deplorable condition while being on any type of nutrition and Sherry Odell might as well have admitted their inability to maintain these animals when she stated, "we're not going to starve ourselves."

If indeed Alabama does not have in place a law that prosecutes owners of starving livestock, then something must be done and I challenge THE DECATUR DAILY to be a leader in the investigation of this matter.

In the meantime, the law enforcement community should absolutely be making it their business to see that these animals are taken away from the owners. Shame on them if they do nothing and shame on these horses' owners but kudos to a caring individual who was strong enough in character to bring this to the public's attention.

Karen Bethea


Animals unable to take care of themselves


My great grandmother used to say that you can tell a lot about a person from the way they treat animals and children.

If the picture in the story about the Caddo field horses accurately represents their present condition, why haven't they already been taken from the owners?

Are the owners not going to be held accountable for the terrible shape they have allowed them to get into?

There is no excuse for not properly feeding and worming your horses. They are dependent on you to care for them and can't do it for themselves. If you cannot afford your animals you need to do the right thing and give or sell them to someone who will.

Perhaps this story will finally result in some long overdue action before it is too late for these horses.

I applaud Keith Russell's efforts and hope he will continue to do what he is doing.

Sunni Evan Montgomery


Neighbors not very neighborly


Neighbors have a new meaning in today society. Neighbors used to talk and complain to each other, and you used to be able to look into someone's refrigerator. Nowadays, the meaning of neighbors mean spying or calling a local agency to complain about neighbors.

Now, instead of walking up to someone and complaining about one's animals, they will call the local animal shelter to make a petty complaint about cats using a neighbor's flower bed as a litter box.

I would have gladly paid for or cleaned up my cat's mess, but no, I will probably have to get rid of my cats. So much for Southern hospitality. These days, that means how fast can a lady stab a person in the back.

Laura Charles


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