Letters to the Editor

From June 10, 2006

Animal welfare

Spay and neuter pets

Once again we and all animal welfare societies have been inundated by puppies and kittens by the bushel! Every year at this time, we spread the word to spay or neuter your pet, and this year we are YELLING even louder — Spay or neuter your pet!

We’re having a hard time keeping up! Some veterinarians in this area willaccept payments, if money is the reason for your hesitation. If you have already been responsible, extend a spay/neuter offer to a friend, neighbor or stray pet. Consider it an act of charity and consider that as many as eight fewer puppies or kittens may end up homeless and/or reproducing on their own. Also, Bremerton PAWS offers a program for assistance to low-income people.

Five million dog and cats will be killed in U.S. shelters this year. Of these, 4.5 million are healthy cats, dogs, treatable pets, feral cats or pets who could be paced with extra effort. Please support spaying and neutering which will in turn support animals and animal welfare groups.

B.J. Alcorn

Vice President

PAWS of Bremerton

NASCAR track

Not profitable for this area

The following info is gleaned from various published materials by ISC supporters and/or from documents paid for by ISC.

• Based on ISC’s proposal, all 900 acres and improvements will be tax-free.

• About one full-time employee per 18 acres. Is this the kind of “creating jobs” that we need?

• ALL profits go to ISC — none to Kitsap/Mason/Pierce (K/P/M)

• K/P/M will be required to set up a new authority: Public Speedway Authority (PSA), which will have new bonding capacity and authority – based on the backs of K/P/M.

• ISC says no existing bonding capacity will be used – right, it will be new bonding capacity based on the backs of K/P/M.

• Any shortfall on taxes paid by attendees has to be picked up by K/P/M

• ISC anticipates 25,000 cars, 580 buses and 3,100 RVs per main event – 25% percent of cars (6,250) to come by ferry. At 200 cars/ferry, that’s 31 ferries – for only 6,250 cars. What of regular ferry users? And RVs?

• That leaves 18,750 cars for Tacoma Narrows Bridge or through Belfair.

• 83,000 expected attendees (Another 5,000 participants and support people?)

• Is it realistic: Cars use grass parking areas; nine-month rainy season; then use for soccer, etc.? How will fluids leaking from the vehicles be handled to help nature??

• Not enough hotel/motel rooms in Kitsap and Mason counties. Majority will stay in and benefit Pierce and mainly King.

• Who pays for road enlarging and improvements?

• ISC and NASCAR are owned within the same family.

• ISC, a multi-billion dollar company, is expected to make $184 million profit this fiscal year.

Should we be expected to provide welfare for the rich? Even if ISC pays full cost, this is not a job-producing venture for Kitsap, Mason or Pierce! No matter how you look at this racetrack, it is not good for us! Good for ISC, but not good for us!

Paul Drnjevic


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