Spay and neuter cats? to control population

I read the proposal from West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan on controlling the cat population in the town, and the Sept. 10 article in The News where Meegan and Gina Browning of the SPCA Serving Erie County talk of the concerns of citizens and the ever growing cat population.

Cats have been an integral part of our environment for hundreds of years; cats are and can be good neighbors. The problem is the number of cats. Cats are prolific.

Spaying and neutering is the only proven method of controlling the cat overpopulation. Cats come into an area where there is an abundance of food, other unaltered felines to reproduce with and adequate places for them to live. For years the old thought process was to collect and kill these colonies of cats, which only manages to anger animal lovers, and cost municipalities an exorbitant amount of taxpayer dollars trying to catch, hold and kill the cats. In the end, more cats come back to the same area over and over.

This is not only counterproductive, but it does not work. What would really help all parties involved is TNVR (Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Return). This process would control the population of the community cats, and provide vaccines, which are a positive health issue. Unaltered cats will not stay in an area if they cannot find mating partners, the inappropriate mating behaviors associated with unaltered cats would be nonexistent.

We as human beings need to be considerate of our fellow neighbors. We need to also be humane in our approach to community cats and wildlife of all kinds. We do not live on this planet alone, and we can co-exist, if we educate ourselves and others.

Edie M. Offhaus

Co-founder, Feral Cat FOCUS

President and co-founder, Operation PETS the Spay/Neuter Clinic of WNY


Obama should've taken? a break in campaigning

I just listened to President Obama give a campaign speech in Las Vegas. He said that we lost four Americans.

Why is he campaigning at all after the terrorism that hit our embassies in Egypt and Libya? Certainly a break in campaigning would show the world how seriously we view these events, which happened as we commemorated the awful day of Sept. 11, 2001.

Why aren't our flags at half-staff? Where is a harsh verbal response by our elected Congress, together with the president? Have we no courage? And because of it, what will happen to us next?

Janet Pope Schumer



Romney was wrong ?to politicize killings

This week, violent crowds stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three members of his diplomatic staff were killed. These selfless people represent the core of the American spirit, and our thoughts and prayers should be with their families.

The immediate politicizing of this event by Mitt Romney is a gross error of judgment and non-representative of the American values that he claims to defend. Trying to gain advantage in a tight presidential election by the exploitation of these murdered Americans shows a complete deficit of the compassion and common sense that is required to lead this great nation.

What I truly take issue with is Romney's letting his obsession with criticizing the president's every action obscure any rational thought. He could not wait until the names of the deceased had been passed on to family members and appropriate respect for the victims had occurred before trying to gain political advantage.

The murder of Americans abroad is a tragedy and has traditionally been held above partisan politics, as the Republican leadership seems to understand by the considerable condemnation of its nominee's political blunder. This complete disconnect to the values and beliefs of the American people is fantastically unpresidential.

James Healy



Williamsville board ?let constituents down

As a retired teacher who has attended many Board of Education meetings, I attended the Sept. 11 Williamsville board meeting with certain expectations. First and foremost, I expected board members to listen to the public with open minds. After all, this was the first meeting in which the legislative body, a.k.a. the Board of Education, would hear input from its constituents concerning a controversial issue. I expected that board members would listen in the event that the public had insights that might affect their thinking on this matter.

Unfortunately, those expectations were not met. Before listening with open minds, the board met in executive session and circled the wagons. Before listening with open minds, the president issued a statement indicating the board's unanimous support for the decision that had been made by the superintendent. As a result, members' minds were closed, not open as they should have been, when they permitted the public to speak. Therefore, the public comment session was nothing but an exercise in futility.

In essence, public comment fell upon deaf ears. Board members should be ashamed. By their actions, they exhibited a blatant disregard for the input of their constituents. The citizens of Williamsville should be outraged that their elected officials did not afford them the opportunity to be heard prior to making their decision.

Fred Hemmer



Self-serving politicians ?are destroying country

After reading "Breach of Trust" by former Congressman Tom Coburn, I've come to the conclusion that America is doomed to crash and burn, led by the Washington careerists and no matter what political party is in power. We are told to make the hard sacrifices by these politicians, who won't do so themselves for fear of losing the next election.

It is extremely unsettling to learn that I would have to live to the ripe old age of 114 to exhaust all the money I put into Social Security, but am told the trust fund will be totally bankrupt within the next 10 years. It's criminal contempt at best, and we are just supposed to sit back and accept the fact that millions of Americans will go without any income and take it on the chin because the politicians needed our money for pork barrel spending.

It's the good ol' boy mentality that got us into this mess. Careerists like Sen. Charles Schumer, Sen. Robert Byrd, Rep. Dick Gephardt, Rep. John Boehner, Sen. Mitch McConnell and the likes put us here, but we have no one to blame but ourselves. We keep voting them back in. Americans need to make a pledge that all politicians are one-termers, no matter how much wool they pull over our eyes. Then they might actually vote for budgets that are good for America, and not for the good of themselves.

Thomas Perkovich