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Letters to the editor

Time to fix headless statue

With the recent discussion of whether to relocate the Gen. Anthony Wayne statue, I couldn’t help but wonder how long the Olen J. Pond memorial statue (in Memorial Park) will remain headless. To me and many of us who live in the area or regularly drive past the park, it is a huge eyesore and, frankly, a disgrace.

This is a World War I memorial, dedicated in 1930 to honor the men and women who served their country; how would they feel?

Shame on the city for not allocating money to the restoration of this memorial, broken in the early ’90s. Please consider this a high priority when next discussing ways to brighten up this wonderful city.


Feral-cat neutering humane, effective

I adopted two feral kittens from a trap-neuter-return operation in Morgantown, W.Va., similar to the one Scott Shady criticizes in his March 14 letter. I believe he misunderstands the program that H.O.P.E. for Animals conducts in New Haven. As I understand it from The Journal Gazette, H.O.P.E. finds owners for trapped kittens when possible.

I loved the feral kittens I adopted, but they were not the best pets. They were deemed “socialized” by the woman who trapped them, but my kittens were too wild ever to be indoor cats. As pets, they got regular food and veterinary care, but they were considered pests by my neighbors. Shady wrote that there are several feral cats in his neighborhood, so he might have experienced some of the problems my neighbors complained about: cats using flower beds as litter boxes, preying on birds under bird feeders and fighting with other pets.

Shady wrote that resources could be better used “where it will really help.” I can think of no better plan than to reduce the overall feral cat population. Trap-neuter-return is a humane and effective method to accomplish this.


Tragedy brought community together

Working together, with prejudice for none, ruled the days 100 years ago. On Good Friday, in March 1913, destructive wind was followed by a record flood that touched nearly every community in Indiana and neighboring states. The flood level records have stood for a century.

Citizens worked together to support one another. The rich labored beside the poor. No race issues, economic levels, politics or religious divides complicated the need to unite for the cause of the community. That lesson learned in 1913 has been repeated several times during disasters since, although the flood of 1913 remains the benchmark for many a Hoosier community.

Future generations may benefit from studies of historical accounts depicting neighborhoods that fed, clothed, warmed, housed, prayed for and took risks to help those suffering from the flood and winds a century ago. As we remember the anniversary of the 1913 Easter disaster at the end of this March, it is good to recognize today’s communities, groups and individuals that have not forgotten how to lend a hand to their neighbor.


Lower salaries, slash government

There’s been a lot of talk about a balanced budget in Congress. Here are a few ways I’ve thought of. First, decrease the yearly salary down to $10,000 for each representative. That puts the budget at $435,000 for that entity. The president, vice president, Cabinet members and Supreme Court justices would come to $250,000.

Total those two figures and you have $685,000. For 450 people’s salaries, that’s not bad.

Then you can eliminate all clerical personnel except for four secretaries, two for government business and two for personal business – to be used by the president and vice president. They could draw $7,500 a year, and that would be $30,000 more, which would add up to $715,000.

This way, I know I could afford to have staunch, upright, honest and moral people stand in my place. After all, isn’t that why they are elected?

Let those aforementioned personnel purchase their own health insurance. If they have left office, they’re covered by Medicare and Medicaid, just like regular retired citizens. We all want what’s fair, and how much more could we do to make things fair?

I receive a small retirement from my job along with Social Security. I don’t receive a lot, but it pays my bills with a little left over. If I, as one person, can do it, why can’t a bunch of intelligent people, who have a lot more schooling in finances do it?