Friday, September 12, 2008
Area animal shelters need your help
To the Editor:
I am writing to you on behalf of all the unwanted pets desperately needing homes. Our area shelters are full and one in particular needs your support, The Lowell Humane Society (www.lowellhumanesociety.org). With these difficult economic times, families are forced to make tough choices. Lately the family pet(s) cannot be kept due to hardship. Foreclosures, increasing veterinary and food costs, rising gas and heating prices, etc. are some of the causes. The staff at the Lowell Humane Society does a fantastic job networking to find forever homes for these animals. Lately though, the number of surrendered pets has greatly outweighed the number of adoptions.
I have come to know some of the staff at The Lowell Humane Society as our family adopted three cats from them in June (two kittens and a five-year-old cat). Adopting more than one pet at a time or adding another pet to your existing family is good for everyone (the pet, the Humane Society, and your household). During this particular period of time the shelter could use a number of things:
1. Good forever homes for mature pet(s). The shelter has a program called The Dorothy Fund for cats (see website). This program offers reduced adoption fees for multiple mature cat adoptions.
2. Become a foster home for a mother cat and her kittens until they can be placed for adoption. There are monthly meetings to learn more.
3. Volunteer two hours a week helping at the shelter. Volunteers can choose their area(s) of interest, (office help, direct help with the animals, assisting families with adoptions or working promotional events.)
4. The shelter will always accept in-kind and financial donations. Financial donations can easily be made right on the website and are tax-deductible.
Thank you for your support on behalf of all these animals.
(adoptive home, foster care home and volunteer)
Ed O’Reilly for Democratic change
To the Editor:
On September 16, there will be an important primary election in Massachusetts. On that day voters will have a chance to reinvigorate the Democratic Party by selecting Ed O’Reilly as the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Ed is running against John Kerry, who has held this seat for over 20 years. It is time for a change. It is time to elect a U.S. Senator who will actively support Senator Kennedy in his effort to bring health care to all U.S. citizens. Senator Kerry has not done this. Ed O’Reilly will.
It is time to elect a Democrat to the U.S. Senate who will join with others to vigorously lead the efforts to end our involvement in Iraq, bringing the troops home now. Senator Kerry has not done this. Ed O’Reilly will.
It is time to elect a Democrat to the Senate who understands that the banking deregulation of the Clinton years led directly to the housing and mortgage loan crisis that we currently face. Someone who will aggressively pursue restoration of common sense regulation of the banking industry, Senator Kerry has not not done this. Ed O’Reilly will.
I was once an enthusiastic supporter of John Kerry’s, but recently I have watched as he has failed to take on a leadership role on these issues and others, and I see no reason to believe that he will change in the years to come. As an active environmentalist, I have waited more than 30 years for the legislature to increase the fuel efficiency standards for automobiles and trucks. I saw no leadership from John Kerry on this issue. Only recently did a token change occur and it won’t take effect for several years.
Ed O’Reilly is a strong supporter of equal rights for all (including same-sex marriage) and is a strong supporter of alternative energy, especially in a distributed fashion with local control.
I hope you will join me in supporting Ed. If anyone is willing to help in the last few days of the primary season, call me at 1-978-369-7802, or email me at href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindergarten coverage questioned
To the Editor:
Marie Doyle and her poor planning have struck again. This time there are two kindergarten classes without full-time aides. That means that there is one teacher overseeing nineteen children with only part-time help. How is this possible in supposedly one of the best school systems? How is this possible when we pay so much in taxes? How can one teacher attend to the educational needs of 19 5- and 6-year-olds? Why are full-time aides in every kindergarten class in Concord? These are questions I have posed to Superintendent Doyle to which I have not received adequate answers.
I realize the budget is tight but our children need to have a better start than this to their school career. Ridiculous budget cuts like these will result in the exodus of children to private schools where they can receive the attention that they deserve. This will only lead to the further decline of the Carlisle public school system.
As a parent of three children, I am dismayed at these awful changes. Although attempts at changing the system have failed in the past, we should all continue to put pressure on the school administration. We must continue to advocate for our children by writing/emailing/calling the administration and Marie Doyle with concerns.
Avra Alter, MD
Steven Alter, MD
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