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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Wednesday, Aug. 1

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Thoughts on shooting in Aurora

To the editor:

Once again, our nation has been shocked at the senseless murders of innocent people who felt safe. We need to pray for the victims’ families, for those who are still in critical condition and even for the gunman and his family. 

Even as our leaders ask the nation to pray for the family of the victims and to pray for the recovery of the wounded, we are not allowed to pray at public functions, pray in the name of Jesus or have a copy of the “10 Commandments” in our schools because our children may be influenced by the Christian religion that states all life is sacred and states that murder is wrong in the eyes of God. 

We do not allow our children to be taught the Bible in school, but we allow Bible studies in prisons to help criminals change their lives. Our society is so busy trying to be “Politically Correct,” we have lost all common sense.

As usual in these events of murder such as in the Virginia Tech classrooms and now in a movie theatre, there is a call for additional gun control laws and a call to identify those who are capable of murdering others. 

The fact is each one of us is capable of murder under certain circumstances such as a mental breakdown, a mental health problem, uncontrolled anger, depression or an inability to believe another person’s life is important.

We are to take responsibility for our own actions, which means it is silly to blame a piece of metal for our actions. 

There are approximately 200 million privately owned firearms in the U.S. which means the majority of firearm owners only use their weapons for hunting or defense. They do not break the law.

I do not know how many of the movie goers owned firearms, had a concealed weapons license or had firearms in their vehicles, but they obeyed the sign at the movie that stated “No Weapons Allowed.”

The problem is the shooter ignored the sign and brought in weapons because he planned to shoot and kill innocent people.

In 2009, there were 15,241 murders in the U.S., approximately 45 per day. 

After the 10 years our military has been in Afghanistan, it was June 14, 2012 before 2,000 Americans were killed protecting our nation. 

It does not take a genius to figure out it is safer for a U.S. citizen to serve in the military fighting our enemies than it is to walk the streets of our cities. 

The facts do not bring back those innocent people who were murdered by another person, but it does show that our nation needs to be taught the Biblical principles that each life is important, and we are not to take another person’s life unless we are protecting our family, our home, our nation or our own life. 

I ask all Christians to pray for a revival, a “Great Awakening” that will change our nation. And instead of being “Politically Correct,” we may be a nation of Biblical principles that value each person as a unique creation of God.

Rev. William E. Wilkins

Vernon Hill

 

Keep moving forward

To the editor:

I compliment President Obama as he continues to reach across the aisle to the Republicans to pass legislation that helps the firefighter, policeman, teachers and many other Americans. 

The economy is doing well, the stock market is stable, the employment rate is 90 percent. 

President Obama has brought this country a long way back considering the economic situation when he took office. 

Keep up the good work Mr. President, and let’s keep moving forward.

John Woody

South Boston


Beat the heat

To the editor:

With summer comes the pleasure of long days by the pool, cook-outs and weekends at the lake.  But it can also be a time of danger for our furry companions.  

Heat stroke or elevated body temperature due to environmental conditions is a common problem that we see.  

Hyperthermia is life-threatening and requires immediate medical assistance.  

Normal body temperature for a dog or cat is 101.5 degrees give or take a degree.  It is not unusual for us to see temperatures of 106 degrees or higher in dogs with heat stroke.  

The classic cause is a dog or cat accidentally left in a car.  Temperatures inside a car can easily be 30 to 50 degrees higher than outside.  Luckily these days most people know not to leave a pet in a car unattended during the summer.  

Unfortunately, we still see quite a few cases of heat stroke.  Remember that all dogs and cats need adequate shade.  This means more than just a dog house as these can become like a sauna inside.  

If a dog is tied or in a pen it should have an area of shade the entire day as the sun moves.  Water should be changed at least daily and should be available at all times.  

Dogs can easily get too hot if running and playing even with temperatures only in the 80s.  

Often we do not realize how hot our dog is getting until it is too late.  During the summer, save walks and play times for early in the morning and late in the evening.  

Dogs with shortened noses (bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, etc.) are especially prone to overheating.  Dogs do not have sweat glands like people, they cool off by panting.  

These breeds are not able to pant as well as breeds with longer noses and therefore have trouble cooling off.  The first signs to watch for are restlessness, excessive panting and unusually large amounts of drool.  

As heat stroke progresses, pets may become wobbly, lethargic, and the gums may become purple or “muddy” as oxygen levels drop.  If this happens, seek medical attention immediately.  Take your pet to a cooler environment and run cool water over it.  If possible have a fan directed on your pet to increase evaporation.  

Never use cold water or ice as this can excessively cool the skin but leave the internal organs too hot to function.  Stop cooling when the pet’s temperature reaches 103 degrees as the body temperature will continue to fall after cooling attempts have stopped.  

It is possible to drive body temperature too low if cooled improperly.  

Dropping body temperature is just one arm of therapy.  Offer cool water to drink.  Most importantly take your pet to your veterinarian immediately.  

Often IV fluids and continued treatment are necessary to maintain internal organ function.  Enjoy the summer, but please be safe.

Jon Collins, DVM

Halifax County
Veterinary Center