Letters to the Editor

Letters from Oct. 13, 2007

Thank you: The support is appreciated

The General Federated Women’s Club (GFWC) — Kitsap Peninsula Woman’s Club would like to thank the Silverdale Library staff and Friends of the Library volunteers for the use of the HESS Room. The club recently celebrated its 60th anniversary of service in Kitsap County. Current and former (Bremerton Juniors) members gathered together and reminisced about past projects, reviewed scrapbooks and traveling awards still in use today. GFWC is a volunteer service organization that supports the arts, preserves natural resources, promotes education, encourages healthy life styles, stresses civic involvement and works toward world peace and understanding. Club members support the ALIVE Shelter, Kitsap Peninsula Dance Theater (dessert sales), Evergreen Children’s Theater, Harrison Medical Center’s Festival of Trees, the Kid’s Day at the Fair (Safety Fair), Abraham’s House, Kitsap Community Resources (Port Orchard), Silverdale Whaling Days Parade, Disability Awareness Education, Cancer Patients’ Comfort Pillows, “Teacher to Teacher” school supply bags to Malawi, Africa and handmade felt dolls for an orphanage also in Africa. We are always looking for new projects and interested women to join us in our community endeavors. Feel free to contact president Nina Morse at dmorse@wavecable.com or (360) 698-0087 or contact Nancy Burdick, Web master at the Web site gfwckitsap@hotmail.com or visit www.orgsite.com/wa/gfwckitsap for more information.



Awareness: Spay/neuter your cats

National Feral Cat Day (Oct. 16) is a day to raise awareness of feral cats and the benefits of TNR (trap-neuter-return) as a humane overpopulation solution.

Feral cats are a product of irresponsible uncaring owners who don’t spay/neuter and then abandon them. Don’t blame the cats because they were left to fend for themselves — blame the people. Feral cats are afraid of people and who can blame them? They need our sympathy and help (spay-neuter), not scorn and starvation. A feeding ban will not make the cats go away. They will only suffer as they search for new sources of food.

TNR breaks the cycle of reproduction and lowers cat populations. TNR is cost-effective and humane. Practically every national animal rescue organization now endorses TNR as the proven method of humanly reducing feral cat overpopulation (ASPCA and HSUS among others).

We must make cat spay/neuters inexpensive and easily accessible, and encourage and help everyone to spay/neuter their pet cats and kittens. Spaying/neutering is the answer to cat overpopulation (tame and feral). Please spay/neuter all your cats, be part of the solution and not the problem.



Feedback: Get the facts

Val Torrens’ article on Referendum 67 (CK Reporter, Oct. 10) included the reasons against R67, but there is much more to the story. Washington already has very strong laws regulating fair treatment of customers by insurance companies. I believe this law will only create additional opportunities for frivolous law suits. Everyone needs to look at both sides of this issue. Many industries, companies, organizations and individuals not related to the insurance industry strongly oppose this law. Get educated before voting!



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