Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 13

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Animal abusers must be punished

Dear Editor,

Proverbs 12:10 tells us "A righteous man regardest the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."

If the word of God tells us that a righteous man has concern for the life of his animals ,and that a wicked man is cruel, then there is no question as to how to care for the animals created by God and that are dependant on us.

The story in Wednesday"s paper should be a wakeup call to Bedford County.

If we want to be proud of our county and make it a better place to live and raise our families we can't continue to look the other way when it comes to animal neglect and cruelty.

The new requirements suggested should be made into law.

And the law must be strictly enforced.

Plain and simple.

If a person does not abide by the law then he should be fined.

If you choose to have an animal you must take on the responsiblity and follow the guidelines.

Failure to obey the law should result in monetary fines and jail time if the law continues to be broken.

It may take some time, but soon citizen's will know the law and surely the offenders will become tired of paying fines.

Perhaps the money collected for the fines, could be designated to help support Bedford County Animal Control for various programs or extra helpers.

Why would someone chain or confine an animal and not give it adequate shelter from the weather, not give it enough room to freely move around, and not give it enough food and clean water?

The answer is that some people should not be allowed to own an animal.

The sad part is that anyone in Bedford county would have to be forced by law to do the right thing to begin with.

But even more troubling, is the fact that very few are willing to speak up on behalf of a mistreated or neglected animal, one that has no voice to speak for itself.

Wake up, neglect and cruelty does not stop with animals.

Our Holy Bible is filled with much wisdom .

The word of God makes it clear about what is right and what is wrong.

Proverbs 12:10 tells us the right thing to do concerning the animals he created for us.

It's not always easy to do the right thing.

But we will always be blessed by obeying the word of God.

R.C. Lemmon

Shelbyville


Cold sometimes a danger to students

Dear Editor,

Students from Lucie Abbott's 5th grade class wait in the cold to go to their next class. (Submitted photo)

Many people shake their heads when Bedford County Schools are closed for cold weather. However, what they may not know is how many students across our county have classrooms in portables. Fifth grade students at Southside are in portable classrooms and have to go in and out of the building several times during the day. They also have to wait outside in between class changes.

In addition, it is dangerous for students waiting for the school bus in such frigid single digit temperatures. Some of them can be seen with no coats on, wearing short sleeved shirts and even shorts! Fortunately for their students, Southside does have a clothing closet and the caring teachers do what they can to clothe and put coats on them. But even then, the weather from the Polar Vortex this winter is brutal for these little bodies who have to wait outside for any length of time. So for those who have had negative thoughts about schools closing for cold weather, remember the children!

Andrea McTigue

McTigue is an art teacher at Southside School.


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