Letters to the Editor

A poignant messages to people that choose to abandon their animals

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

To the person or persons who dropped the Tortoise Shell cat out of your white pickup truck yesterday  afternoon (11/18) at the intersection of Dotson Lane and Roan Creek Rd. 

 The cat was hit and killed by a vehicle later that day! What a vile act to abandon an animal in the first place.  Even worse to do so on a busy roadway.  I doubt you will have any remorse for this act, I just hope you can be caught if you do it again.  I am just sorry I failed to get your tag number, or you would have been caught this time.


Al Gryder

People are choosing to abandon their animals

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor,

Last night we saw what appeared to be an animal drop and run.  A small, dark calico cat magically appeared next to a white truck and took off a short distance to hide in a small culvert.  Although there is no way to prove that the cat was released from the truck, to us it certainly appeared to be.  This small cat stayed glued to the same spot for several hours.  It would duck as traffic raced by and appeared quite frightened.  Of course this occurred during the high traffic hours of the evening.  We feared trying to catch the cat thinking it might bolt right into traffic as we approached.  There was a porch and a barn close by so we hoped it would opt to settle down for the long, cold night.  It must have tried for the barn.  Unfortunately, it didn’t make it across the road.  I had the distinct displeasure of seeing a cat shaped lump in the road when preparing to get the mail.  My fears were confirmed when I went to see what was lying there.  Right now, there are several people who are fighting a desperate battle to get animal control in the county.  The biggest cry of outrage is that no one wants a “kill” shelter.  When a report is made to the Sheriff about an animal related problem, the caller is most often told that the sheriff has neither the time, manpower, or training to bother responding to the call.  The solution?  Shoot it.  Wow.... seems like we already have a “kill” mentality.  At least with animal control, there is a place to take the animal that is safe and warm.  The animal has a much greater chance of being adopted.  Most importantly, if the animal must be euthanized, it is done humanely, with no pain and no prolonged suffering.  There are many things in this world worse than death.  The cat did not die warm, safe, and painlessly.  There is no way of knowing how long it laid on hard concrete, cold, afraid, suffering, until its final agonizing breath.  I hope readers get a vivid image in their mind and experience the same gut wrenching emotions as I did upon discovery of the tragic end to an innocent life.  

Annette Sepega

Roan Creek Elementary principal is thankful for community support

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

We would like to express our thankfulness and gratitude to the faculty, staff, and students at Roan Creek Elementary. Our teachers come in each day ready to help educate the young minds of our students. They willingly sacrifice time each day before and after school, and even on weekends, to be fully prepared to instruct our students each day. Our students are so creative and imaginative, of which we are thankful. The classroom assistants go above and beyond their job description each day to help teachers and students succeed. We are truly appreciative to our office staff, nurse, and counselor who keep everything running smoothly. Our cafeteria staff and custodians are an integral part of our school team that we could not do without. We are grateful to have parents, grandparents, and community members who are willing to volunteer and support our school (too many to mention individually!) Your acts of kindness do not go unnoticed. We are appreciative of the donations, whether it be volunteer time or monetary donations for our Fall Festival, Hats for Hattieville, the United Way or our book fair.

President Theodore Roosevelt said, “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.” We are thankful to each of you who give each day in our school from the heart. We want to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Mrs. Robinson
RCE Principal and Jessie Laing
RCE Assistant Principal