Letters: Online comments to local news items

Sooke News Mirror readers respond online to recent letters and columns

The following are comments (as written) received from readers on letters that have been printed in previous editions of the Sooke News Mirror.

They were submitted to the Letters section on www.sookenewsmirror.com and have been edited for grammar and spelling.

 

Response to “Lend a hand”

March 5, 2014 letter

 

Leona how many times can you beat a dead horse? The tax payers have no interest in funding your special interest group. As for Penny Stone, she is not asking for a government hand-out, she is asking for private donations. To add insult to injury you would rather see people of Sooke that need to use the food bank suffer so you can feed animals. SAFARS is a group of “cat ladies” where as Penny Stone has the knowledge and experience to run a shelter. Humane or human does not describe your attempts to fund your little hobby.

David Tillich

 

Response to David Tillich

Dear Mr. Tillich:

SAFARS is not just a group of cat ladies, as you called us. Our volunteers are from both sexes and we do not rescue only cats. At the moment, we can only have cats because we are still in search of a suitable facility for dogs. The financial requirements for dogs include a completely different administration and our society is formed exclusively by volunteers. We are not searching to have an executive board with high salaries and a union protecting us. We are not trying to be amended to the BC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and to bring animals from all over B.C. to conform with the required status of working province-wide. We try to work together with the already existing animal control authorities.

On the other hand, two very well-known ladies in Sooke who are friends of our society and work with dogs are willing to help us set up our local dog rescue program. One step at the time.

Last two details, first, I have rescued animals during all my life and have also worked together with veterinaries in the spaying and neutering of street cats and dogs in two different countries. Second, our dear friend Leona is 92-years-old and her letter was written from the bottom of her heart. We will appreciate if you please do not distort her words.

Margarita

Dominquez

Response to “Avoidance tactic”

January 22, 2104

 

I’ve been following this for a while now. You are asking for land to lend or lease so you can build on it. Having first hand knowledge of sheltering animals, the cost of building a shelter will be quite high, in excess of $100,000. Where is that money going to come from? If you plan on donations and fundraising for that, can’t you raise money to purchase your own land? If land is leased or loaned to you and you build on it, what is going to happen when the owner of that land wants it back? Then the animals are homeless again and your fundraising and donations have gone to waste.

Where is the money going to come from to staff a shelter and pay the bills (hydro, etc.)? How will you provide veterinary care for the animals? Food? Grooming? All of this can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Can you please tell us where that money will come from?

I hear a lot of complaining about lack of support from council, but the whole thing seems rather sketchy if these other concerns aren’t addressed.

Mickey Cherneski

Response to “Insulting comments irk pot patients”

February 26, 2014

 

Thank you so much for a very truthful well presented article. It was very nice to see real facts. I am a medical cannabis user. We will continue to defend our right to grow our own medication in court March 18. We will win.

June Plante

 

Thank you so much for this very truthful article. Finally someone telling it like it is. As a disabled medical marijuana user and grower I am so tired of all the negative untruthful statements out there. Thanks again. Check out mmarcoalitionagainstrepeal.

Coralee Corrigall

 

I agree with everything that you guys are doing, this is a very important issue here. I am a new member here and thought i was alone here on this issue but I can tell there are many many people out there who need it for medicine.

Cathy Hayward

 

This discrimination against people who want to have control over how they treat their health problems has to stop. The opposition to cannabis use is based on an 80-year -old prejudice that was designed to marginalize so called undesirable groups of people. Please don’t just repeat all the old stereotypes that you’ve been led to believe are fact. Do some honest research and come to your own conclusions.

Louis Westfall

 

My wife suffers from so much pain i don’t know what we would do without her regular supplier of medical marijuana. We may end up having to grow our own.

Glenn Ford

 

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