News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2007


Sen. ‘Bam-bam’ a hero; media cover up waste

To The Daily: State Sen. Charles Bishop is my hero. It is time for you people in the news media to expose what really is taking place in the Alabama Senate. There are five senators who have cost this state millions of dollars. Your people know who they are, but you do not have the fortitude to point them out and explain what happens to productive and helpful legislation.

Joe Teague

Financial aid available to spay or neuter pets

To The Daily: I am writing in response to a June 14 letter to the editor entitled “Responsible owners spay and neuter their pets.” Ms. Susie Burgess is absolutely correct when she sees the lack of pet owners spaying or neutering their pets as the main reason for our county’s animal shelter’s high euthanasia rates.

Animal Friends Humane Society, a nonprofit, volunteer organization located in Decatur, does have a low-cost spay/neuter financial assistance program, which is available to all Morgan County residents who qualify — those people whose income is $40,000 per year or less. Almost all the Morgan County veterinarians have been more than willing to participate in this much-needed program and we thank them for this valuable service to our community. For more information about this program, call 351-2347 or visit Animal Friends online at

Janet Jenkins
Board president, Animal Friends Humane Society

Organization encourages human organ donations

To The Daily: Your June 21 story about Tim Guster Jr. highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations.

More than half of the 96,000 Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. More than 6,000 of our neighbors suffer and die needlessly every year as a result.

There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage: Give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren’t willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a nonprofit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at or by calling (888) ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

LifeSharers has 9,066 members, including 119 members in Alabama.

David J. Undis
Executive director, LifeSharers

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