Letters to the Editor

Letters from July 7, 2007

Commish Brown

Erroneous

statements

In regard to the county commissioner appointment and Commissioner Josh Brown’s erroneous claim, “special interest organizations” want to “delay the appointment process for partisan purposes” and “take pot shots at the (Democratic) candidates.”

The Kitsap County Association of REALTORS has more Democrats among its 2,000 members than most local Democratic Party organizations have paid members. During the most recent election cycle, the association endorsed the campaigns of 12 partisan candidates — eight Democrats and four Republicans. ten of the 12 candidates were elected by the voters.

The association supports candidates and officeholders of all political parties who advance quality of life issues — building better communities, ensuring economic vitality, providing housing opportunities, preserving our environment, and protecting property owners.

Commissioner Brown’s political rhetoric lacks merit and defies logic. Association leaders do not attack their organization’s members or their members’ interests.

Mike Eliason

Association Executive

Kitsap County Association of REALTORS

Pets and July 4

Be sure

you're prepared

Animal shelters will be packed for the next two weeks with lost and panic-stricken dogs and cats. Despite warnings by veterinarians and animal control officers, many pet owners fail to take full precautions in shielding their dogs and cats against fireworks.

The best practice for your dog or cat over the Fourth of July is in your laundry room, den, or garage, away from where the fireworks are set off. Extra precautions are needed because the loud noises and bright explosions of fireworks can be terrifying to pets. Sometimes playing soft music will muffle the sound of fireworks. Fireworks have a shocking effect on dogs and cars because their sense of hearing is much keener than humans’. Dogs sometimes chew restraining ropes, thick doors, or jump fences in trying to escape. Some frightened animals that are fleeing their homes are struck by automobiles. Or an older dog or cat can die of a heart attack.

Dogs or cats should always wear a license and ID tags. Each one insures the life of your pet and might lead to the pet being reunited with his owner. Otherwise your once-cherished pet may face death at an overcrowded shelter. And very few pets are provided with a license or ID tag because the pet owner never anticipates his pet running away and getting lost. Some cherished pets are lost forever during this traditional holiday. Others are found sometimes days and weeks later. To cope with the noise, many owners buy tranquilizers from veterinarians for their pets. Many pets run away when there is an electrical storm, and the same precautions should be taken.

For further information, please call (360) 373-7043. Please leave a message if the phone is not answered immediately.

BJ Alcorn

President

PAWS of Bremerton

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