Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes “You Said It,” a compilation of reader comments coupled with responses by the newspaper’s editorial board.
Frankton resident Jim Clark proposed what he calls the Good Neighbor Program to manage the "uncontrolled movement" of cats in Frankton. (Published May 16)
• “My cats are indoor/outdoor. All used to be strays. They are all spayed/neutered. Neighbors love the one cause he catches mice. I would contribute to a spay/neuter feral release program but I will not register my cats, nor make them stay in.”
• “The only real solution to controlling animal overpopulation is to spay and neuter. Registering a pet does nothing if the owner falls short of having the animal spayed or neutered.”
• “I see no complaints about mice so leave the cats alone.”
THB: Feral cat populations can harm a native wildlife population and cause sanitation issues. So it's in the town's best interest to explore a solution for its burgeoning brood. But registration has proven itself ineffective in other areas. A spay/neuter program for the feral population may prove more effective.
Authorities say they found a dead horse and two allegedly neglected horses on property Patrick Moreland, who faces animal cruelty and neglect charges, says he owns with his parents. (Published May 15)
• “I have felt so bad for those horses for years.”
• “What is it going to take to get our ordinances around animal care and neglect strengthened and enforced? How many have to suffer/die?”
• “This man has been reported numerous times for many years and they never did anything about it. This could have been resolved years ago but no one did their job!”
THB: Animal neglect is a serious issue in our community, one that never seems to get enough attention from those with the power to do something about it. We as a community must make our leaders understand that we are serious about the importance of this issue.
Should the school day start later to accommodate teens' sleep patterns? (Published May 14)
• “Yes, it should. I would have done much better had classes started sometime in the afternoon.”
• “It has been shown many times that a later start time improves test scores and academic performance while reducing traffic accidents in high school age.”
• “No! Are you keeping them later? Serving them dinner, too?”
• “Just how unprepared for adult life are we trying to make them?”
THB: More than 230 comments on this story on The Herald Bulletin Facebook page. Lots of opinions on both sides. Some bemoan the idea because when these children grow up they'll have to be at work early. But they're not grown up now ... shouldn't we be doing what's best for their education? And the science seems to tell us that's a later start time. Certainly, there would be some logistical adjustments to be made at school and in families, but it might be worth it.