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Solution needed

As I write this letter it is my hope that everyone who is concerned about animal welfare in our community will take a hard look at what is needed to improve conditions for animals in need.

This is not a Humane Society problem, a SPCA problem, a rescue group problem or an Animal Services problem. This is a community problem to solve.

Other communities have successfully done it. The animal shelters and rescues are here to be an aid in helping with homeless animals, not to be the solution. As long as litters of puppies and kittens are born indiscriminately and families opt to 'get rid' of their pets (an appalling 'get rid' of your trash) the problem of over-population and under-funding will continue.

Each and every citizen needs to be proactive and responsible for the animals we are entrusted with. The solution is easy if you are willing to walk the talk.

Life happens, relocation, divorce and babies being born. Think of your life plans and will they accommodate a pet for life. Would you give up a child you adopted? Make the effort to find solutions that include your pet.

Also, understand that pets do not come to you knowing what your expectations are. Patience and training of house rules are essential to a happy pet family. Ask questions and know what a pet will require to make an adoption long lasting. You are not acquiring this year's fashion trend to later be discarded. This is a living breathing creature that will give you all of its love and devotion for all its life.

I urge our citizens to be responsible pet caretakers who will solve the issues we currently face regarding our homeless pets. This is a community problem that needs a community solution.

Joanne Schoch

Spring Hill

Facts and figures

Here is some food for thought for the masses. In 2007 the average income per household in the United State was $49,600.

In 2010 it dropped to $45,800. In 2006 the average salary for your elected officials in Washington, D.C., was $165,200, or 3.3 times more than the average Joe.

In 2009 it rose to $174,000. Does it make you sick or what that they receive full medical plus retirement after 5 years. Since a senator's term is 6 years, they get elected once and they are set for life.

Most elected officials are already rich before they get elected. In 2009 the avg personal wealth of a member congress was $911,510. (

This isn't a D or R thing they all are ripping us off. When we were kids playing ball in the street, if we couldn't come to an agreement we called "Do over."

That's what we need in Washington a "Do Over." Today we have access to more information than ever before in history. It really is time to clean house (both of them).

Eugene O' Reilly

Weeki Wachee


Since Republican members of Congress refuse to consider eliminating Bush tax cuts to the wealthy, Democrats must present alternate options that will enhance and benefit the economic well-being of middle and lower class American taxpayers.

Deserving of consideration is lowering the tax rate of those earning less than $250,000 per year. This would not only provide additional moneys to the American working class that would, in turn, help stimulate consumer spending and give a boost to the economy, but would also free-up investment dollars to the backbone of the free enterprise system – small business owners – resulting in a trickledown effect that would conceivably elevate employment figures.

Should the Right continue to be of a cantankerous frame of mind and oppose such a proposal, their determination to demonize an effort to stimulate the economy would be at odds with, and alienate, a significant segment of the voting population.

To offset the loss of tax revenue, Democrats and Republicans must cease their confrontational attitudes and pass legislation that will eliminate loopholes in the tax code that only benefit the wealthiest of American individuals and corporations, estimated to be toward $5 billion.

Also, fraud among undocumented workers who file an income tax return with an ITIN (individual taxpayer identification number) has run rampant. The loophole in this case is the Additional Child Tax Credit that allows filers a tax credit of $1,000 for any relative under the age of 17 listed as a dependent, including nieces and nephews.

Many illegals claim children who live in their homeland, never having set foot on American soil. Some claim 10 children or more; multiple filers use the same address of residence. The cost to American taxpayers has increased from $1 billion in 2009 to a malignant $4.2 billion in 2010. (The $1,000 tax credit is also available to Americans with children living at home.)

Many politicians balk at addressing tax loopholes and instead insist that a sweeping tax reform bill must be submitted to Congress, a typical all or nothing at all strategy to kick the proverbial can down a dead end road. Simplifying the tax code is an inevitable obligation to all taxpayers but to hold hostage actions that could be easily resolved in a timely manner should not be an option.

Alas, usually reserved for the period of time between the General Election and the inauguration of elected officials the following January, Washington has dealt America with four years of a lame-duck Congress, with self-interested politicians spewing words of deceit and lies of malicious intent. With one stalemate after another, perpetual inert action can result in only one ultimate disaster: checkmate. Actions speak louder than words.

Republicans have the attitude of wanting things to remain exactly the same, only better, for their wealthiest of constituents. As they promenade their causes, the self-serving tactics of these rapscallions put into question their professed interest in promoting a healthy economic future for all Americans. Give them their demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy. With the elections just weeks away, the time is ripe to pledge an allegiance to the majority of Americans of less economic means than the affluent minority.

Whether submitted by Democrats or Republicans, the political party that proposes additional tax cuts to those earning less than $250,000 per year may very likely come out the bigger winner in the November elections.

If such a proposal was actually submitted, as sure as donkeys bray and elephants bellow, the opposing party would claim the other is 'playing politics', a truth that is self-evident… Democrats and Republicans are, in fact, politicians.

(Disclaimer: My taxable income is not sufficient for me to benefit from any additional tax cut.)

Ron Rae

Spring Hill

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