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Published: Monday, 11/16/2009

Don't fight terror with terrorism

In response to Nov. 12's forum letter "Fort Hood shooter is terrorist": This letter is neither about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and his betrayal of his oath of service to the country nor about how he used the military to qualify himself in his field. It is about the sad but ignorant belief that "the terrorists started this war."

As long as we shut our eyes to history and refuse to understand the world we live in, and continue to adopt the view that we alone are in the right, we will have to permanently fight terrorism, draining ourselves of resources and human lives.

If a group of serial killers terrorize folks in Toledo, you don't bomb the state of Ohio into oblivion. The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks required the action of the FBI and Interpol and were purely a police case. It was turned into a war of terror solely by us. We are paying the price for it and still blindly believe that what we did was right.

Forgotten is the World War II history when we and the Axis powers ransacked country after country, displacing millions as refugees as though those territories belonged to us, in a war that had nothing to do with them. Study Churchill's Second Front offensive and Rommel's versus Montgomery's campaigns and put yourself as an inhabitant in the area. Then talk of terrorism.

I don't for a moment condone the cowardly act of Major Hasan. What we have to do as thinking human beings is to reflect how we can stop such acts that keep piling up. The Blade editorial makes sense in reminding us of this fact.

V. N. Krishnan

Bowling Green

I read with great interest the Oct. 30 letter titled "Put no-kill shelter in the county" and must respond to several misstatements.

When people find a stray dog in Lucas County and call the Toledo Area Humane Society, we are obligated to refer them to the dog warden's office - the agency legally responsible for stray dogs.

Except for this legally mandated exception, we do not turn dogs away. We are an open-admission shelter which by policy accepts any at-risk animal.

Additionally, we do not euthanize adoptable dogs. In fact, we bring in dogs from wardens and shelters in four other Ohio counties in addition to Lucas County to save them from euthanasia and to have a good number of dogs available to potential adopters.

If the beautiful black lab pup mentioned in the letter did not have any severe medical or behavioral problems, it is highly unlikely that he was euthanized. The dog warden makes healthy and temperamentally suited dogs available for adoption after the legally mandated stray-hold period.

If the dog was not chosen for adoption from the dog warden's, he would then be transferred to the Toledo Area Humane Society for adoption, and we have a 100 percent placement rate for adoptable dogs.

John Dinon

Executive Director

Toledo Area Humane Society

Maumee

Stephen Serchuk, the chairman of the dog warden advisory committee, stated that the committee is "concerned about how the department operates. We're not concerned about who operates it." Clearly, they should be concerned about who operates the warden's office because he lacks the one quality necessary for this job: compassion.

These precious four-legged creatures he treats in such a frigid manner are someone's companion, a guardian for the children, even a key to sanity for some lonely person.

Dogs can be the eyes for the blind, the hands and the feet for the paralyzed. Police work is so much easier because of cadaver dogs and drug sniffers, and how many dog owners have been saved from a burning house because of their dog's barking and tugging at their clothes?

Degrees and a badge don't mean a thing if there is no love or compassion for these intelligent animals that are truly a gift from above.

If you have a dog, you have a treasure. God bless them all.

Florence Johnson

Sylvania

On Nov. 23, Ottawa Hills Village Council votes on an ill-advised ordinance to authorize outsiders to come in and slaughter the village deer at great expense to taxpayers, as demanded by a small group of affluent residents seeking to protect their expensive gardens, whose very plantings lure the deer into the village.

While proponents of the kill conjure up imaginary visions of supposedly frightened villagers confronted by marauding herds of doe-eyed "Bambis," the truth is that it is the vegetation planted in the proponents' fancy gardens that attract the deer, who then simply nibble to sustain themselves.

Ottawa Hills already has an ordinance which prohibits villagers from feeding deer. If the exemption for "planted materials growing in gardens and lawns" were removed from the ordinance, then the residents who are complaining about deer in their yards would be violating that ordinance by planting and maintaining vegetation which feed the deer, attracting them from Wildwood Park.

Why not simply amend the ordinance and enforce it against the complainers, requiring them to replant their gardens with vegetation that deer don't eat? Then concern about an excess deer population would quickly disappear, without the need to bring in the notorious DeNicola gang, whose inhumane methods are widely known.

Nate Silverman

Ottawa Hills

Many readers may recall that the Veterans Administration sent a letter to thousands of veterans earlier this year informing them mistakenly that they had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. A big mistake? Yes, one for which the VA has apologized. But readers probably don't know that veterans are approximately twice as likely to die from Lou Gehrig's Disease as the general public, and that the VA is doing something about it.

The fact is the VA is providing significant benefits to our heroes who are fighting for their lives against ALS, a disease for which there is no effective treatment and no cure and is fatal in just two to five years following diagnosis. Thanks to the VA, these veterans and their families have access to disability compensation, health care, and other vital benefits they have earned and deserve. Survivors of veterans we have lost in the war against ALS also qualify for benefits.

Let's make sure all veterans living with ALS know about these benefits - what the VA is doing right, not just what they are doing wrong. And let's urge Congress to step up to the plate too and provide the research and funding necessary not only to learn why our veterans are dying from ALS, but also to discover a treatment that can save their lives.

Our veterans fought for us. It's time we fought for them. To learn how you can help, please visit the ALS association's Web site at www.alsa.org.

My husband passed away from ALS on Oct. 15. He was such a good man and he fought this disease just as he fought for his country. Please consider helping those who have served their country.

Jo Faeth

Fostoria

To Ben Konop: Come on, man! Lucas County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation and you're worried about too many dogs “buying the farm.” Get your priorities straight and go get some jobs. And shame on you, Blade, for making this frontpage news two days in a row.

ROB WEAVER

Perrysburg



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