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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Don't demonize cats for natural behavior
Re: Rupert Cutler's Point/Counterpoint comments in last Sunday's paper ("Show respect for animals by keeping cats indoors," March 17):
I am sick and tired of people singling out cats as murderers. Cutler claims to be a wildlife biologist and doesn't know that all animals by nature have a natural enemy?
We frequently sit on our deck, which overlooks Smith Mountain Lake, and watch hawks pluck birds out of the sky or fly in and out of trees for that cute little squirrel.
Or listen to the dogs across the lake baying, then hear a Canada goose being slaughtered.
We delight in our bird wildlife around here and look forward to each spring and the return of our hummingbirds, chuck wills widow and whippoorwill.
We also love our cat, which was dropped off in our driveway by someone when he was 5 weeks old and nothing but skin and bones.
He has grown to be a beautiful animal and, yes, I let him out, and he hunts.
It's nature's way.
Why doesn't Cutler blame the irresponsible humans who are really at the root of this argument?
Road users all must pay a share
Fuel taxes, fees, etc. are necessary to fund and maintain our highway system.
Drivers of any type of vehicle using these roads have an obligation to pay their fair share.
One hundred dollars for electric cars and trucks under 5,000 pounds and $25 for mopeds, cycles, etc. would be considered reasonable.
There should be no free rides.
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