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Letters to the Editor, July 11

FOTAS entry inspiring

I’m awe-inspired by the Friends of The Animal Shelter for their untraditional Fourth of July parade inclusion.

They were brilliant in allowing the dogs to not walk on asphalt in the parade. They deserve strong praise for being so current with latest research and concerned enough to pull the canines from the parade when this new wisdom surfaced.

Why, you ask? When the air temperature is 77 degrees, the asphalt is at 125 degrees. Ouch! And skin destruction can occur in 60 seconds. At 86 degrees air temp the asphalt is 135. An egg can fry in five minutes at 131! So say both the Humane Society and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

For the record, I do not work for FOTAS. I happily do volunteer at ancillary programs that interact with FOTAS.

FOTAS’ motivating reasons have always been their deep love and caring for the animals they foster, care for and love. I’m asking that the community help the good works of FOTAS. They need adoptions and/or donations, now more than ever.

If your heartstrings are pulled as mine are, see if you can reach out to them and give thanks in one way or another!

Aneeahseah Adalayah Statile


Vote for Skinner

Jamie McLeod-Skinner came out on top in a field of seven candidates in the May primary election to nominate a Democrat to oppose Rep. Greg Walden in Congressional District 2 this November.

Voters made it clear that they want someone in Washington who will represent the people and not special interests that control the Republican caucus. Jamie will be a true representative of the people for Oregon Congressional District 2.

The November election is the opportunity so many of us have been waiting for. A way to take action that will turn around Congress and protect our health care, Medicare and Social Security.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is poised to reduce the benefits we’ve counted on and paid for all of our working lives. We need to turn out and vote for change from Walden and his cronies in Washington. We need to vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress in November. Check her out at https://jamiefororegon.com/.

Larry Cooper


Ban painful devices

I support a local ordinance to ban the use of painful training and punishment devices on wild and/or exotic animals used for entertainment in Jackson County.

These devices include bullhooks, electric prods, whips, bats, pitchforks, pointed sticks, and other similar devices. They are used to train or control animals such as big cats, elephants, bears and primates used in circuses and traveling animal exhibits. They cause pain, fear, stress and physical injury (or possible damaging physical effects in the case of electric prods) to the animals they are used on.

David McAlaster


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