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Decatur Animal Services, residents help rescue strays

To The Daily: Shortly after I moved to Decatur last year, I found there was a large population of stray cats in my neighborhood. In my search for a place to take the cats, I found Decatur Animal Services, the local animal shelter. In a perfect world, I would take the cats to a place where they wouldn’t be euthanized. But in a perfect world, there would be no need for euthanasia because people would have their cats and dogs spayed and neutered and the un-adoptable would be adoptable. And, in a perfect world, people wouldn’t simply dump their pet because it had become a burden on them.

The people at Decatur Animal Services are special. They care for and about abandoned, lost or stray animals. One example is “Angus,” a huge black dog currently residing at the shelter. I had the good fortune of meeting Angus a few weeks ago. He was apparently abandoned by his owner, likely because his back knees were shot and he needed expensive surgery. The folks at the animal shelter adore Angus and have been caring for him for the past month.

Animal Services put a photo of Angus in The Decatur Daily with an appeal for funds to help get Angus through his two knee surgeries. Decatur answered with almost $1,000. Angus had one of his knees repaired, thanks to kind contributors. He is now waiting for his second surgery. Can you help Decatur Animal Services help Angus? They still need $1,650.

The people at the animal shelter deserve high praise for their care of so many abandoned and/or animals. And, thanks to The Decatur Daily for getting the word out about special cases. And lastly, many kudos to the generous people of Decatur who care enough to help Angus.

Sheryl Jeffries

Name-calling wrong way to convey point of view

To The Daily: I am writing in regard to the Sept. 12 letter by William Treadway headlined “Only mentally challenged believe in evolution theory.” While Mr. Treadway’s letter seemed to be about evolution, but my letter concerns only language and ethics.

As the parent of a child with “mental challenges” and as the former director of an advocacy agency for persons with developmental disabilities, I was shocked and offended by the use of the term “mentally challenged” as a belittling epithet to describe someone with whom Mr. Treadway had a difference of opinion. Further, the use of the term “jackass” to describe others with whom he might not be in agreement heightened my concerns and sadness.

Language is a powerful tool and should be used accurately and ethically to convey thought. Calling people names based on gender, race, religion, disability or any other characteristic in a degrading way is inappropriate and has a name which I will not offend Mr. Treadway by using.

If Mr. Treadway should have an idea or opinion of merit, I would suggest that by conveying it without name-calling and with well thought-out argument and support would better serve him and his cause.

Mark Griffin

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