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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2007
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Note to ‘gentlemen’: Don’t wear hats indoors

To The Daily: In The Daily’s story about the banning of caps and hats (Feb. 14), Tommy Sykes is quoted, “But now I don’t see a reason for it at all,” Sykes said. “To my knowledge, there hasn’t been any substantial reason for the ban. If it’s because of the isolated, disruptive behavior of certain individuals, then we need to deal with them individually. I hate to see those gentlemen forced to take their hats off for no reason.”

If indeed they are “gentlemen,” they wouldn’t be wearing their hats indoors. Though I agree the ideal solution is to deal with the problem individually, if the ban is helping reduce inappropriate behavior that is disturbing others, then keep it in effect.

Terry Johnson
Red Bank, Tenn.

Burned church carried many fond memories

To The Daily: It was with great sorrow that I read the story of the Falkville United Methodist Church burning down. I lived in Falkville and attended that church much of my life from the late 1930s until I joined the military in October 1949. My religious background started there and made me the man I am today at the ripe old age of 75. My brother Hal Williams walked many Sundays to attend Sunday School and listened to quite a few pastors teach us the word of God.

My wife and I now live in Myrtle Point, Ore., and wish to send our condolences to all the members of the Falkville United Methodist Church and wish them well in rebuilding their new church.

Lloyd E Williams
Myrtle Point, Ore.

Pet ownership is a serious commitment

To The Daily: I am writing in response to Tim Shelton’s letter regarding banning certain breeds of dogs. This is not the answer. Other states have tried it and it is ineffective. What really ends up happening is that countless wonderful, gentle family pets are euthanized because of fear and panic. The animals end up paying a price that really should be the owners’ responsibility.

The real problem is not a certain breed of dog. The problem is the ignorance and apathy of people who choose to own these animals. If you will pay close attention to the reports of these attacks, you will see the majority of these dogs have a couple of things in common. One, they spent most of their lives either tied up or confined to a small pen. They have never been a real part of the family. This has been proven to increase territorialism and aggression in dogs. Two, they were not spayed or neutered. This has also been shown to be a source of aggression in dogs.

I think a better use of resources for our animal control officers, humane societies and other interested people would be to educate people on the detrimental effects of chaining or confining dogs. Also we need to teach people that spaying and neutering has many medical benefits, as well as reducing aggression and other behavioral problems. It would also have the added impact of reducing the huge problem of pet overpopulation.

Those who choose to adopt an animal should accept the responsibility that goes with adding a member to the family. Don’t just stick them out in the backyard and forget about them. God gave us dominion over the animals and that means caring for them in a responsible manner.

Susie Burgess
Hartselle

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