Letters to the Editor - 05.13

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By The Staff

Fiscal court racially profiling dogs

To the editor:

Racial profiling is now going to the dogs. Anderson County Fiscal Court is set to review a new dog ordinance that specifically targets “pit bulls” as vicious dogs. Even with organizations such as the ASPCA, AKC and the American Veterinary Medical Association opposed to breed specific legislation, our fiscal court drafted this revised ordinance with exactly that in mind.

As a responsible dog owner, I am dismayed. Our government officials are taking an ineffective and costly stance in resolution to irresponsible dog ownership and lack of enforcement of current ordinances. Will the taxpayers pay for our enforcement agents to regularly attend AKC competitions in order to receive proper up-to-date training on breed conformation? If not, how will these agents identify the characteristics that easily describe over a dozen recognized breeds?

“More than 25 breeds of dogs were involved in dog bite-related fatalities during the past 20 years,” according to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 217, No. 6.

Let us punish the “deed not the breed” as the AKC promotes. This ordinance is attempting to punish owners of well socialized, healthy dogs for the transgressions of the irresponsible owners. It’s time we stop the “easy way out” model. Hold people accountable for their actions and the actions of their property.

Katie Hamilton


Support needed for Project Graduation

To the editor:

Remember your graduation and how fun and exciting it was? The Project Graduation parent committee is inviting you to give that kind of special memory to the 2009 senior class of Anderson County High School.

Each year many different groups come together to sponsor the county’s only substance-free graduation celebration. This year’s is sure to be the best yet. Through this celebration, which will be May 29, we encourage students to be safe and sober during this memorable time of their lives by participating in games, contests and prize drawings.

In these tough economic times, the support of our local business community and parents is essential to the continued success of this vital program. As the number of seniors graduating from ACHS continues to grow, so does our need. We expect to have 350 graduates and their guests at this year’s Project Graduation, making community support more important than ever.

We hope you will be able to support Project Graduation this year. By making your tax-deductible donation, you can help us provide a safe way for our senior class members to celebrate this significant milestone in their lives. Donations can be sent to the high school to the attention of ACHS Project Graduation.

Angela Pike, Project Graduation coordinator and members of the Project Graduation Committee

Print recycling information

To the editor:

April 22 was Earth Day. At school we read books and magazines about ways we could help our environment and watched Schoolhouse Rock Earth.

Everything we learned told us to reduce, reuse and recycle. We wanted to know if you would print information to tell others how we could recycle here in Anderson County.

We want everyone to know how to help make our world a cleaner and better place to live. Will you help us, please?

Mrs. Blacketer’s first grade class

Benjamin Allen, Finley Williams, Grant Livers, Hanna Terry, Sadie Burge, Jonathan Pinkston and Taylor Nevins

Christian Academy

of Lawrenceburg