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Through the last several years, I have written my share of letters to the editor, many of them in a critique nature. I enjoy writing, but it’s not always a pleasant undertaking. As the old adage goes “It’s a tough job and someone needs to step up and do it.”
I realize my rewards have been few and I have sacrificed some friends and acquaintances with my audaciousness. I don’t mean to be arrogant, but I am well in my retirement years; I don’t have to worry about retaliation from employers, employees, customers, politicians or the IRS. I say what I believe based on fact with no reservations and I am not overwhelmed with grief when people disagree with me. I offer no apologies and I certainly do not expect any.
Today I will bury myself further in the depths of Wilson society by critiquing dog and cat coverage by our newspaper, The Wilson Times. Obviously, I am a subscriber and for the greater part, I consider it a fair and balanced reporter of the news.
I grew up on a farm in Greene County and throughout my formal educational years, I was exposed to about every kind of animal that existed in that area. Some animals were for pure pleasure, some for hunting, some were for work and some for food. Our animals were treated ethically and cared for diligently.
This I write to try to convince you that I am not a hater of dogs and cats as some of you will accuse me, no matter what I preach. Many of you are rewarded an abundance of comfort and pleasure from these pets, of which I have the greatest respect. Pets present few problems except those manufactured and allowed by their owner and master.
Throughout the last few years, the Times has bombarded its subscribers with propaganda on the subject of dogs and cats. A few days ago, it was reported by The Times that an appropriation and/or grant had been released for a state-of-the-art animal shelter and I said to myself, “Oh, what a relief.” But, unfortunately, no relief.
Saturday’s edition had no fewer than three featured stories on dogs and cats — the lead story on the front page, the editorial and the cartoon. Many subscribers, including myself, believe that the Times has milked this cow dry and it’s time to move on.
Is the Times attempting to replace this supposed newspaper with a trade magazine for dog and cat owners? If so, then I suggest a name change to a more appropriate title such as The Doghouse Gazette, Animal Rights News, Kitty Litter paper or maybe Pause for Paws.
And yes, I realize that no one is forcing me to read the Times. In fact, other than the dog and cat news edition, I consider it quite informative, especially letters to the editor.