Time to act
The time has come to make an important and definitive decision in regard to Hernando County Animal Services.
This agency either needs to be funded to perform in a compassionate and humane manner by trained professionals or you need to tell the citizens of Hernando County to expect inferior and substandard care at Hernando County Animal Services. It is that simple.
The county has been criticized for euthanizing, for not euthanizing, for poor record keeping, for poor attitudes and poor service. Everyone has an opinion on how animal services should be run. You will never please everyone and it is time to stop trying.
This should not be about people-pleasing but about quality animal care with these decisions being made by trained professionals. When the recommendations from a well-respected and dedicated veterinarian go unheeded, it is obvious there are still serious problems at animal services.
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast has worked to be cooperative with the county's efforts to make improvements at animal services and 6 months was more than enough time to make the necessary changes.
As professionals from throughout the state have stepped forward to donate services to assist at animal services, their offers have been ignored time and again. Why? At a time when the budget is of great concern, why would you rebuff donated assistance from trained professionals? Instead animals are being left to languish and suffer. This is not acceptable.
The USF report was used as the basis to assess animal services but the number one repeated concern – the lack of proper staffing at animal services has not only been left unaddressed, but there is now less staff and more animals.
Staffing has been cut back even more with officers being transferred to the Sheriff's Department. I think this was a wise move, but the assistance they provided at animal services is no longer available to an already over-taxed staff.
You have a community of veterinarians and other professionals ready and willing to be of assistance, but they will not put their professional reputations at risk to have their advice ignored and over-ridden in favor of well-meaning, but uneducated individuals.
I implore you to be realistic in regards to the needs at animal services. This is not a department that if you are short-staffed the paperwork might back up and no real harm is done. These are living beings that are depending upon you to do the right thing. The weight and responsibility for animal services is on your shoulders.
Please vote to accept the recommendation for added professional staffing at Hernando County Animal Services. If you cannot support this recommendation, please at least be forthright with the community as to the continued substandard care that they can expect from our county in regard to our pet population.
The Humane Society of the Nature Coast is available and willing to work with animal services in every way possible to make these improvements. We will not, however support sub-standard care of the animals in your facility.
The time is here…stand up.
Humane Society of the Nature Coast
While traveling the highways of Hernando County I came across a befuddling political sign. It said "Seniors for Obama." I thought, with all that has happened in the last six years, what would bring a senior to vote for Obama. What has he done to inspire this sign?
He was one of the Democratic senators and representatives who took control of congress in the election of 2006. It was they, with their majority control, who voted in the stimulus package of nearly $750 that failed to help the economy at all. Along with his buddy Biden, of course. Remember the shovel ready jobs that weren't so shovel ready.
He and the Democratic Congress took $716 million, that's 3/4 of a billion, dollars out of medicare and used it to try to pay for Obamacare. The $716 million that he took away from our "Seniors." I wonder how that helps the "Seniors for Obama?"
He and the Democratic Congress passed Obamacare which wants to add 30 million to the healthcare roles. They say without raising any cost to anybody, including our seniors. Now, you know and I know that, that is a very big lie. There is nothing free in this world. Someone has to pay. Either you or your kids are going to pay.
He and the Democratic Congress gave a 2 and 1/2 percent decrease in Social Security Tax to the people working in this country. That includes the rich who earn income. They also gave the business groups who pay the other half of Social Security Tax the same 2 and 1/2 percent reduction in their contributions the same break.
That's a 5 percent lowering of the Social Security Tax for two years that benefits "seniors." That's 5 percent out of your trust fund for every worker and business for 2 years. Insanity is the only word that comes to mind when someone who is "Senior" says, Vote for Obama.
He placed in the Obama care package the right to maintain kids until they are 26 on your insurance policies. Do you think insurance companies are going to pick this up without increasing premiums? Do you think AARP is going to sell supplemental insurance at the same price? If you do you are way to dumb to be voting for anybody.
He orders the insurance companies to pay for condoms and other forms of contraception for women. Do you think that insurance companies are going to pay those costs out of their pocket? If you do, you are deluded at best. You are going to pay for it when you buy insurance.
Seniors, it is about time that you left your love for the Democratic Party in the trash where it belongs. This President and these Democratic congressmen are not true Democrats and not your friends. They are progressives and they mean to make this a socialist country along European lines.
Show me one country from Europe that does not owe its existence to our capitalist, free market system. These Progressives know this and don't care. They want to be the people who control you and your lives.
It took the Russian people 70 years to see through the Communist Socialist policy. Think about what you do in the voting booth on Nov. 6. The vote on Nov. 6, 2006 put these people in power.
In 2006 we had less then 5 percent unemployment. The Dow was at 14,000. Your homes were worth 100 percent more then they are now. Fuel was around $2 a gallon. Food and all the other things you buy were about 50 percent cheaper. The middle class was bringing home around $4,000 a year more then they are now. God help you if you think the last six years has been good and you vote for these fools again.
Oak Hill Hospital celebrated Emergency Nurses Week last week, with ER Nurse's Day specifically on Oct. 10. This year's theme was "Every Patient + Every Time = Making a Difference," which reflects our dedication to patients requiring emergency care.
The purpose of my letter is to highlight the difference our nurses make every day. Not only do we save the lives of people suffering trauma, heart attack and stroke, but we do offer more to our community – to truly make a difference.
We hosted a group of home-schooled students, ages 8 to 15, on a tour of the services and treatments performed in an emergency department. We offered education on safety planning to prevent poisonings in the home, as well as viewing the X-ray of a special patient "teddy bear," who swallowed a penny. The students gave us a heartfelt thank you that made us feel special and appreciated.
We spent a day with the community at the annual health fair. We offered education on poison control, popcorn, a duck matching game with prizes, and bright and cheerful helium balloons. We spoke to many people of all ages and heard wonderful stories about how they have appreciated our emergency services.
Our emergency nurses have been recognized with accolades and awards for dedicating themselves to a higher level of professional commitment, to be the best that they can be. They have obtained their Board Certification in Emergency Nursing and received the first ever Lantern Award given from the Emergency Nurses Association.
As the only ER to require board certification and the only ER in Florida to receive the inaugural prestigious award, we can say to our community that we care about being the best.
The week ended on such a high note, that I just wanted to spread the word about the differences our Emergency Nurses make, not only during this special week, but everyday. Please remember the care that is taken to save lives and promote health education the next time you visit the emergency care center.
Director of Emergency Services
Oak Hill Hospital