HARP wants TNT program

Dear Editor:

In January, angry animal advocates packed the Antioch city council chambers to vehemently object to a ban on feeding community cats on public property and the requirement of a permit for households that own more than five cats.

An annual application and fee of $108 is required for multiple pets and includes an agreement to have a home inspection if asked. The City Council delayed implementation and requested that the ordinance be discussed at a future meeting. I have been told that the item is on the agenda for March 25 and the staff is coming back with the same recommendation with regard to a ban and a pet limit.

As an alternative to a feeding ban, which has been ineffective in other communities, HARP and several organizations have proposed a community endorsed Trap/Neuter/Return (T/N/T) program in partnership with the city. No funding is being requested from the city. T/N/R has been going on for 10 years. The groups humanely trap the cats, transport them for surgeries and immunizations, and recover them before they are returned to their original spot. Tame cats and kittens are placed for adoption. T/N/R decreases the number of kittens born and keeps the population from exploding.

One of the reasons the situation has gotten out of hand in Antioch is that an overwhelming number of cats and dogs are being abandoned by irresponsible people. This is a community problem and should be addressed. Pet abandonment will not be solved by a feeding ban.


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Karen A. Kops, President, Homeless Animals Response Program (HARP)

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Karen A. Kops

President, Homeless Animals Response Program

Don't turn your back on vets

Dear Editor:

I was shocked to read in Sunday's Bay Area News that there was a time in our nation's history that Latino and Jewish Veterans might have been prevented from receiving the Medal of Honor.

As a veteran, how can we turn our backs on any military person, (active or discharged) when they are paying the highest price to defend our freedoms?

Finally, on March 18, 24 veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam will be honored with this distinguished Medal. In the group will be 17 Latinos, one African-American and one Jew.

The White House was right in correcting this terrible injustice.

God bless our military and God bless the U.S.A.

Richard Asadoorian

U.S. Army Veteran

Antioch

Not happy about Dozier's new vision

Dear Editor:

I am confused and angered by the Dozier Libbey High School "charter'" conversion petition/application stating the need to return to the "vision" of the school? Whose vision is the document referring to?

In 2005, a task force of approximately 20 parents, business cohorts, LMC advisers, Antioch Unified School District administration and teachers worked for more than two years to develop the concept and curriculum of the school. The "vision" for Dozier Libbey was never to selectively exclude any student in the District from the opportunity to attend the school. In fact, there were discussions in the task force meetings about inclusivity and how to best meet the needs of those underserved groups of students should they have an interest in attending the school.

I am angry that 23 teachers have invalidated the work of the original task force by excluding community input and District administration and teachers in the process.

Rosemary Brown

Antioch

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