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Updated: February 21, 2013 6:06AM



Make a resolution to help shelter animals in 2013

With the New Year comes new (or not-so-new) resolutions: lose weight, learn a language, spend more time with the kids, get more involved in our communities.

Instead of becoming overwhelmed, why not make a realistic resolution that can make a real difference in the lives of homeless pets?

By volunteering at your local animal shelter, you open up a whole world of opportunities that can benefit you and the animals. If you’ve vowed to get in shape, sign up to take shelter dogs for walks or runs; 30 minutes of walking a day can result in a 15-pound weight loss in a year.

Want to spend more time with the kids? Work with your child’s youth group to gather supplies to donate to a local pet group. (Many people think donations to national groups like the Humane Society of the U.S. go locally, but they largely don’t.) Or teach your action-minded son or daughter about how laws are made by following an animal-related bill through the legislative process.

No matter how you get involved — by volunteering, adopting or even just donating locally — you can make 2013 better and brighter for yourself and your local shelter pets.

Diana Culp

Director, Humane Society for Shelter Pets,

Frederick, Md.

Middle class voting for GOP
perplexing to reader

I can understand why the top 2 percent in this country vote Republican.

Republicans in Congress are beholden to these wealthy donors, who expect nothing less than total obedience. What I don’t understand is the 48 percent who vote Republican. These are middle class workers, police officers, firefighters, teachers, union workers, etc. How they can vote against their self-interests is mystifying.

Republicans hold 98 percent of us hostage. They are out to break the unions that helped build the middle class; check out Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Republicans are going after Social Security Medicare and Medicaid, yet those voters who depend the most on these entitlements are in the red states. Of the top 10 states that receive the most government subsistence, nine of them are in the South, yet they overwhelmingly vote Republican.

When Rand Paul was running for senator in Kentucky, he spoke at a rally in Lexington, telling his middle class supporters that in order to save Medicare, we will need to raise the deduction level to $1,000. He was wildly cheered by people who didn’t have $1,000 to get their teeth fixed, but wanted their Medicare deduction to rise.

I am sure that sooner or later, these low-information voters will realize the contempt the Republicans have for them and will vote in their self-interests.

Just check back 40 years and see if you can find any legislation during that time that Republicans in Congress passed to help the poor and middle class. You would have a better chance of walking on water.

Don Davis

Crown Point



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