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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Stray-cat feeding ban a wise idea

In response to the June 3 article “Feeding of feral cats divides residents” about Sylvania’s proposed ordinance to fine any individual who feeds stray animals: The solution to spay and neuter strays is not a complete remedy.

Although the cats would be unable to reproduce, they still would leave feces that may contain disease.

And strays still could scavenge through garbage bags before the refuse is collected.

The article suggested that anyone who feeds strays should take them into their houses.

Those people then could feed strays to their heart’s content. It would be safer for the cats.

It would be great if other local cities followed Sylvania’s lead and would not only pass a similar ordinance, but also enforce it.

JUDITH HAMMYE

Perrysburg

 

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Even feral cats need loving care

In his June 8 commentary, “Healer builds refuge for the wounded,” columnist Keith C. Burris writes: “I imagined a little old lady with some feral cats and an injured raccoon in her garage. I found something much more serious and substantial than that.” What an unusual remark.

Kudos to Mona Rutger, the subject of the commentary, and all manner of birds and beasts that she cares for.

And kudos to the little old ladies who take care of feral cats and injured raccoons, because all of them are God’s creatures.

KAREN LAY

Swanton

 

Paying to plant flowers is wrong

Why is the city of Toledo paying a contractor $5,600 of our tax money to plant flowers (“Costs a factor as officials look to spruce up city; Mayor Collins calls planting of flowers a ‘want,’ not a need,” June 1)?

Why pay someone else to plant flowers when there are employees in the city’s Division of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry to do that?

My wife and I plant flowers around our house every year. It is not rocket science.

RICK MINNICH

Shoreland Avenue

 

Spring Sweep a great service

Compliments to the city of Toledo for the success of the Spring Sweep in Point Place. It was well-organized. All the workers were polite.

I would love to see this on a more-regular basis. It is a great community service.

JUDY MURPHY

146th Street

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