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The only positive thing about this situation is that the military family involved took the time to find a home for their canine family members, instead of just abandoning them by the side of the road or leaving them at a local rescue when they are closed like so many others do.
But this is certainly not "a sad necessity". There is no reason the family couldn't have taken their dogs to Hawaii with them, military families do it all the time. Inconvenient? Yes. Expensive? Maybe, there will be some costs involved. Necessary? No.
But it was more convenient to give the dogs away. For shame.
Equal energy on holding people accountable for their actions should be applied to pet owners who do not spay or neuter their animals, who do not have microchips implanted, who let the animals run loose, who abandon their animals when they become too much trouble or when the kids lose interest or when they move, who chain or tie their animals in the backyard, or who are otherwise irresponsible pet owners. Also to so-called breeders who are nothing more than puppy mills and breeders who will sell an animal to anyone with the right amount of cash.
I guess I was imagining it when I was last in the Southern Pines Mac's a few weeks ago. Could have sworn I saw a microwave on the counter that was getting a lot of use.
But I'll keep coming back. Haven't been to Cracker Barrel yet and no real interest in going.
When the US Postal Service was converted from the US Post Office Department back in the early '70s, it was no longer a Cabinet-level government department supported by the taxpayers, but it became an independent, self sufficient government agency.
Go to FedEx or UPS and see what they will charge you to ship a 1 ounce letter from here to Fairbanks Alaska. A lot more than the $0.44 that the USPS charges. The reason that the private companies are so successful is that they can pick the most profitable part of the market and leave the rest to the USPS, who is required by law to serve all citizens.
Not that the USPS is without their own challenges and could certainly cut costs and overhead. As mentioned above, like many companies, they are hampered by the unions and their exorbitant demands as well as some examples of management abuses.
Such innocence......We can still have peace in our time.
Wait, somebody said that once before.
These weren't someone's dogs who got loose that morning while they were being walked, they had been in the area for two months and were part of a pack of wild dogs. How is shooting them any more inhumane than catching them, bringing them back to the Animal Control facility and giving them an injection of poison?
Why don't you direct your energy to stopping puppy mills and indiscriminate breeding of dogs by people interested only in making a buck?
If you are so concerned about stray dogs, donate some money, supplies or time to Solutions for Animals, a local no-kill shelter. Or better yet, go there and adopt one of their dogs like I did.
Wild dogs are a safety issue for the rest of the population and their pets and animals.
"He was right - dead right - as he pedaled along.
But he was just as dead as if he'd been wrong!"
This whole initiative is nothing but about bicycle riders, it has no advantages for motorists. No increase to number of spaces available; back in, back out, you still have to back sometime; harder access to the trunk or tailgate to secure items
The NC gas tax is 32.5 cents per gal, compared to SC, which is only 16.0 cents per gal and 17.5 cents in VA.
But NC sales tax is not applied to gasoline, so how does the tax rate vary by county? There is not an additional county gas tax.
I'll think of a bicycle as a slow moving vehicle, instead of as an impediment to traffic, when the bicyclists start to act like a slow moving vehicle.
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