Letters to the Editor week of 7-29-10

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Animal care

To the Editor:

This letter is to anyone who has animals outside.

If you have animals out in the heat of the day make sure they have some shade they can get to, put a tarp over their pens and make sure they have plenty of water.

Friday I was out in the community and saw a horse tied to an electric pole in the full heat of the day. There was no water and the horse couldn’t even move. I understand horses and cattle are out in the sun every day on a normal basis, but they have a chance to move around and maybe find some shade.

If you have animals they should be like part of your family. They need protection from the elements just like you do. If you can dehydrate, so can they. With so many animals being left out in the sun this summer without any water or shade that are dying, you would think it would get people’s attention.

If you don’t want to take care of them, then you don’t need them.

Saundra Adams

Near Fairview

Baby contest

To the Editor:

I am writing in regard to the baby contest which I am very disappointed about. When I paid the fee I was told just a plain white onesie. Nothing was mentioned about bows or sandals in the paper. I put my granddaughter in the contest and when given our number nothing was mentioned either about bows or sandals. We were the last category which is “Toddlers” and judges made decisions based on (I’m guessing) what a fair board member told them, that it was in the paper, no sandals or bows. My granddaughter and another parent’s child got penalized for it.

If we have been told we could have taken out bows and sandals off. In the categories ahead of us there were parents that had sandals and even hats on their kids. I bet they didn’t know about it either. It w as made a big issue of in the last category. They said it stated it in the paper. I kept both clippings and it just states white onesie required. I feel it was unfair and very unorganized.

I even talked to a few other fair board members and they were unaware of this also. I feel toddlers do need shoes on because they would slip and fall; plus health issues.

After the contest a judge stopped us and told us they had Heidi picked but couldn’t put her in the paper because of bows and sandals. This is very upsetting to me and other parents who would have had a fair chance if we had only known. This was the only year we could put her in it. I believe babies should be chosen by their character, not by shoes or bows.

It stated white onesie only in the paper and one of the winners had little flowers in the middle of the onesie, so how is this fair when two parents get penalized for something not stated, and then the other places don’t have the required onesie.

All of the babies are winners to me but I feel all should have been treated fairly so that parents and grandparents are not discouraged and misled. We all support the fair but what is right for one person should be right for all. I feel it should be corrected in some way for the two parents or grandparents that were involved in this matter so we can say it was done fairly. I know I am not the only person who feels this way.

Margie Randolph

Vevay