Letters to the Editor 03-06-15

We no longer hear the term “global warming” because it had to be renamed to “climate change” for obvious reasons.
Just a question, when does the climate not change?
Not in just our time, but throughout history, the climate has changed.
The other question that comes up: Is man the cause?
When the dinosaurs were around, it was a tropical climate, but those times ended in an ice age.
Also, there have been several mini ice ages. One of the longest ones in current history was between the years 1300 and 1870.
Were those changes caused by man or other factors?
Here are several principles that might help people sift through the climate change confusion.
Scientists look for facts, then decide what conclusions follow. Politicians first decide what conclusions they want to reach, then fabricate the facts to support it.
Climate change is confusing because there are people who stand to gain a great deal of money and power by making it confusing.
Environmentalism is the new means of waging war on capitalism by claiming that carbon dioxide produced by industry is responsible for global warming, thus we need cap-and-trade legislation.
Climate change is a political agenda and nothing more.
Vanessa Vandale

While I may not be a local resident, I am frequently in the area and have volunteered at Teddy’s Rescue and Sanctuary since it opened.
Over the years, I have seen what I consider both good and bad management practices in trying to save animals and keep the doors open.
There are a lot of people who have bashed Teddy’s for different reasons since it opened, and who just want to complain that it isn’t the way they think it should be operating. Yet, when you ask them what they are willing to do to help, such as donating time or money, the answer is almost always “no.”
In an ideal world, there would be an unlimited number of spaces for every dog no matter why they were given to Teddy’s, and unlimited funds to cover operating expenses.
Unfortunately, earlier acceptance criteria was pretty much to take every dog someone wanted to surrender.
What you end up with is lots of dogs who were dog-aggressive, or people-aggressive and are generally unadoptable. So, they end up being warehoused, some for years, taking up space that a friendly dog could have used and then moved out to a good home. Then, another dog could be moved into that space.
There are only so many spaces and now when the different humane societies contact Teddy’s because they are too full, Teddy’s can only take dogs that are deemed good-natured, where there’s a good chance of placing them in a short period.
Some people think Teddy’s mission is to save every dog no matter what. But, in reality, it can’t because of money, space and resources being limited.
Why not save as many good dogs that people are going to want to adopt as possible, instead of taking an aggressive one that isn’t going to go anywhere, eliminating a space that could have saved a lot of dogs?
Stephen Smith
Holt, Michigan

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