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Tax needed to maintain paramedic service


They say there are two things in life that are certain: death and taxes. I, personally, am not a fan of either one, and I'm sure all my fellow council members would agree. The council is currently considering a public safety tax. I am sure there are a lot of questions, concerns and, as with any tax, opposition.

We as council members work for you, the residents of Crawford County. That is why I want to make sure you have the correct information about this tax and why we are considering it.

The primary reason is our paramedic service. We have made huge strides in the last year. We have seen many people get treatment that was unavailable before. This has resulted in several people getting another chance at life. I witnessed this with a friend recently. I don't think he would be here today without the treatment our paramedic service provided. Every life that is saved is another reason why the council has to keep paramedic service alive.

Through several steps by our director, we have increased revenue. This has resulted in around $200,000 in additional funds. Unfortunately, that still doesn't solve the funding issue. Several things have gone without being addressed for too long. That full $200,000 went to a new ambulance this year. A second ambulance needs replaced soon.

On top of that, a lot of our equipment is becoming obsolete and needs updated. Region 15 has applied for a grant for a new ambulance.

Paramedic service is a struggle to support in most counties, especially with a smaller tax base. That is why 77 of 92 counties in Indiana already have this tax in place. The 15 that don't are counties that have large populations and major industries. We have looked for every option to avoid a tax but have now figured out what the other 77 counties have: this tax has to be considered.

Funding for the ambulance service has been a problem for many years, 11 years for me. Eighty-five percent of our runs are Medicare, and they pay a set fee, which sometimes doesn't cover all the costs. I want folks to understand, and I also want folks to have the best care.

Before paramedic service, we would take our patients to a paramedic service and transfer them so they got proper care. This was important time wasted, and the other service would get most of the run money. We now have a lot better option.

Lastly, when you put so much into financing something as vital as your ambulance service, other things suffer. We, as a council, have tried to be creative with our options and addressed some of these problems such as pay increases for the sheriff's department, courthouse employees and EMTs. That still leaves highway workers who are underpaid while being more efficient than ever. Our dispatchers need pay increases, too. We don't want to keep losing our quality workers because we don't have decent pay.

If this tax is passed (Social Security checks would be exempt from this tax), it will absorb the cost of paramedic service along with parts of the sheriff's department, like dispatch. This will allow the county to tackle many other important issues, like roads and bridges.

I don't want all this information to come across as we are desperate or that the county is in a terrible situation. I do want to get across the issues and let you know that we feel we have done a good job of working with the budget to improve several issues, but, in the end, we need to try something different.

Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We have been doing the same things for many years and getting the same results. It might be time to try something new.

In my 48 years living in Crawford County, we now have the best public safety ever. Let's keep it.

William E. Breeding, Crawford County Council President
September 18, 2019

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Crawford needs tax relief, not another tax added


If a new tax is needed when the economy is booming, what will happen when it tanks?

A public hearing at 5 p.m. will deny working people their right to voice their opinion in a democratic government; they will be at work. At last year's hearing, ideas, presented by the public which the school board used, allowed the schools to frugally have school resource officers without raising taxes.

Our elected officials avoid mundane work. If work has glory and gets headlines, they do it. Otherwise, it's not done or contracted out. Morton Dale said he is so busy with economic development he doesn't have time for anything else. That is odd; he was elected to do the work a commissioner is supposed to do, not seek fame and headlines on tasks that are not in the commissioners' job description.

Who profits from no-bid work? Contractors, not the taxpayers. Save the taxpayers' money by getting bids on jobs that cost more than $2,000.

In the budget crisis of 2008, a committee was established to study the budget. They discovered about $500,000 in savings, and the crisis was avoided. Why is this not being done now?

Economic Development is a local income tax whose revenues go to the Tax Increment Financing district, which is controlled by a 501(c)(3) committee. Committee members are appointed, not elected, yet they control millions of our tax dollars. ...

A Clarion News story stated over $500,000 was awarded to economic development this year. A new income tax would not be needed if those funds had some to the general fund.

The commissioners allowed the 501(c)(3) charter to annex existing Carefree businesses into the TIF district. This means their taxes that used to go to the general fund for roads, etc., will now go to the TIF district. ED is a luxury Crawford County can no longer afford. The taxpayers of Crawford County need tax relief more than we need ED.

Thank you for allowing me to exercise my right to free political speech.

Gary Robinson
Marengo, Ind.
September 18, 2019

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Leadership team asks Trump to end use of polarizing language


Members of our Congregation's Leadership Team just returned from the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, where they joined more than 650 leaders of orders of Catholic sisters who sent a letter to President Trump imploring him to end all divisive language.

Our entire leadership team also felt compelled to expand on this letter.

Our congregation is a community of Catholic women who collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy.

We are not perfect. But, our mission as a congregation is to live the gospel's message of love, mercy and justice in today's world. We strive to achieve this every day.

And in today's world, marked with so much violence and hatred, we call on those leading our nation to stand up and lead. No one is in a greater position to stand up and lead than President Trump.

Through the eyes of the world, the president is the face of our nation. Every president's words and actions have consequences. We are dismayed by President Trump's continued hostile language, which brings about disunity and discord, not only here, but across the globe.

We write to ask President Trump to put an end to this polarizing language. It continues to create division in our country and throughout the world.

Great leaders inspire others around them to act toward achieving a common goal. Great leaders are admired. Great leaders are remembered for their positive contributions to humanity.

We will continue to pray, Mr. President, that you have the fortitude to put an end to these hateful words and hope that you will steer our country in a moral and just direction.

The Sisters of Providence Leadership Team

Sister Dawn Tomaszewski, General Superior,

Sister Lisa Stallings, Vicar and General Councilor, and

Sisters Mary Beth Klingel, Jeanne Hagelskamp and Jenny Howard, General Councilors


September 11, 2019

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A promise made a debt unpaid


In the recent Clarion Calls, two callers blamed President Obama for increasing our national debt. That got me to thinking. Where did our $22 trillion debt come from? Why did Obama add to it? What is President Trump doing to pay it off?

Interestingly enough, our federal debt began after the Revolutionary War. We borrowed some funds for that one. The only president to ever pay off the national debt was Andrew Jackson in 1835. Coincidentally, he was the first Democrat. We've been in debt since then.

The first presidential election I voted in was in 1976 when Jimmy Carter was elected. He inherited $700 billion in debt from Nixon and added another $300 billion to it. Reagan came next and increased the debt by 186 percent by adding $1.86 trillion (that's $5.6 trillion in today's dollars) when his "trickle-down" economics failed. George H.W. Bush then added $1.5 trillion to it. Bill Clinton added $1.4 trillion. George W. Bush added almost $6 trillion. Adding vast amounts to our debt seemed to be a Republican tradition until Barack Obama came along.

President Obama added $8.5 trillion to the debt. Why? In 2012, he was dealing with the fallout from a recession caused by a GOP Congress' deregulation of the markets. He spent money extending our unemployment benefits and helping to pay our medical insurance during that rough period. According to Business Insider, February 2019, economists recommend increasing spending, so adding to our debt during recessions and then paying the debt down when the economy recovers, e.g., now. That leads us to President Trump.

According to Business Insider, Trump has added the second-most debt of any president (after Obama) in his first two years, $2 trillion in new debt. While Obama's spending served to strengthen our economy, Trump's debt binge comes during a strong economy. That's why economists don't support him. That economy, by the way, began improving in Trump's first nine months in office while we operated under Obama's 2016 budget. Trump's 2020 budget plans to add $5 trillion to debt in his first term and $9 trillion if he's re-elected. He still has a chance to surpass Obama even without a recession to fight.

Business Insider explains that the new GOP tax law which gives huge tax breaks to the richest 2 percent of us is expected to increase the speed of debt accumulation over the rest of Trump's presidency. All estimates show by the end of 2024 Trump will equal or surpass Obama's contribution to the debt. But, don't worry, he promised to eliminate federal debt in eight years while on the campaign trail, and he always keeps his promises, right?

We elected him for his business savvy. He's a "successful businessman," right? How does he handle business debt? Well, he declared bankruptcy six times because his failing businesses were unable to pay their debts, the payments due to the people who loaned him the money to build his hotel/casinos in the first place.

In one of those, in 2004, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts was $1.8 billion in debt when it escaped through bankruptcy. Trump certainly knows how to spend money he doesn't have and can't repay. Perhaps he thinks the U.S. can dodge our national debt in a bankruptcy court.

Interestingly, it was also in 2004 that his bid on Orange County's West Baden and French Lick hotels was refused due to his poor history of money management and bad credit, yet Indiana voted for him for president. We forgot when then-Gov. Mitch Daniels ordered a review of Trump's financial stability, I guess.

To whom do we owe this $22 trillion, soon to be $31 trillion, after Trump's re-election, debt? China? Not really. About $1 trillion of our debt is held by China and $5 trillion by other countries. The other $16 trillion is borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund. Our retirement money owns most of the national debt! We paid into it, and they are spending it. Trump, however, has saved us the $400,000 salary he refused. It's a shame that doesn't cover the $130 million he spent to play golf. But, don't worry. Remember, Trump promised to eliminate the national debt. Perhaps he will get Mexico to pay for it.

Mark Woods
Milltown, Ind.
September 04, 2019

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Questions about judge's conference


Over the past few months, a news story involving a local judge and three other judges has been covered nationally, in Indianapolis and in Louisville by the broadcast and print media; yet, our local papers say there is no story there and have not covered it.

When a person is elected to be an officer of the court, especially a judge, because they pass judgment, it is imperative they act like a wise, mature adult; otherwise, the public will lose confidence in our judicial system. When judges act recklessly and their actions end up in a police investigation, that is news and should be reported, irregardless of whether they are charged with a crime or not.

The story, per the news media and law enforcement, is that the judges were attending a judge's conference in Indianapolis, on the taxpayers' dollar, and the four judges went out for a night on the town, hopefully on their dollar. At 3:20 a.m., they ended up in a White Castle parking lot where a fistfight ensued and two of the judges were shot. For the local papers to say this is not a story is wrong.

A conference is held to educate judges on new laws, sentencing guidelines, etc. If you or someone close to you ever goes to trial, would you want your case heard by a judge who was out until 3:20 a.m. and potentially drowsy and bleary eyed when they learned about the new laws and guidelines?

For those of you who admire Vice President Mike Pence for not eating a meal with a member of the opposite sex when his wife was absent, remember that the judge was out on the town until 3:20 a.m. with three members of the opposite sex, none of whom was their spouse. The reason this is newsworthy is that, in 2016, morality, or the lack of morals, was a Republican campaign issue. In 2016, IF the Republicans had campaigned on the issue they would party all night and be present at a fistfight and shoot-out, would they have been elected? I don't think so, but I am curious how the rest of the public feels about elected officials partying until 3:20 a.m. at a conference where they are to learn about new laws? Political hypocrisy is also news that should be reported. Hey, speaking of the 2016 election, was the person who had an illegal tracking device placed on a judge candidate's vehicle ever given a sentence?

To recap what happened at the conference follows:

1. Partying like a professional.

2. Getting caught carousing until the wee hours of the morning.

3. Present at a verbal confrontation and a fistfight.

4. Present at the White Castle Corral when two judges were shot.

5. Campaign hypocrisy.

6. Potentially immature and reckless behavior by a judge who passes judgment on others.

The local papers say there is no story there. How do you, the public in general, feel? Let 'em know. The paper needs to know if the public feels they are being politically biased.

Thank you for allowing me to exercise my right to free political speech.

Editor's note: When reached for comment, Judge Sabrina R. Bell reiterated that, by law, she cannot, as the presiding judge of the Crawford Circuit Court and an active member of the judiciary, comment on an open case. In addition, in reference to the question about the alleged incident of a GPS device being put on a judicial candidate's vehicle, after an investigation by a special prosecutor, no charges were filed against anyone.

Gary Robinson
Marengo, Ind.
July 31, 2019

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The return of the 'Red Menace'


I'm writing in response to Dan Weber's recent article about socialism. He's right about a couple of things; most Americans don't know what socialism is (that includes Millennials, Democrats and Republicans), and the U.S.S.R. was an awful, authoritarian regime. What Mr. Weber did not do was define socialism or explain what attracts Millennials to it or Bernie Sanders' stance toward it.

An actual socialist country first requires the government to own all the land (no private property) and to "return the means of production to the masses," to quote Trotsky. That means no privately-owned businesses. That's what Cuba and China had but are backing away from in recent years as capitalism takes root there. Clearly, that's not what Millennials seek.

Mr. Weber quotes Vice President Pence saying, "Socialism demands conformity." That also confuses socialism and communism. Communism, like the authoritarian regimes of Cuba, North Korea and the failed U.S.S.R., prohibit free speech, freedom of religion, etc. No, the millennials and Bernie Sanders are thinking about countries like Denmark and Finland which have many social programs and a higher standard of living than we do, but are capitalist economies, not socialist, with guaranteed freedom of speech, etc.

Mr. Weber cites Vice President Pence referring to Bernie Sanders and the Democrats' left wing having "papered over the failed policies of socialism." He raises questions. What social programs do we currently have and what further policies do Democrats like Bernie Sanders propose? Well, free public schools, Medicaid, public libraries, the minimum wage, child labor laws, overtime pay laws, OSHA regulations, the Fair Housing Act, anti-discrimination laws, food stamps, welfare checks, disability benefits, Section 8 Housing and more are all "socialist" policies, rights you have without directly paying for them. An employee-owned company like Jasper Engines is the socialist ideal of Trotsky since it gave the means of production to the masses. Do those things make us "the Evil Empire"? I think not.

Mr. Weber seems to deride President Obama's 2016 speech in which Obama said, "Be practical and just choose from what works." Well, that's what we've done so far, and it seems to work pretty well. Here in Crawford County we have about 16 percent, according to the last census, living in poverty. With the poverty threshold rising to $25,100 per year for a family of four, two adults and two kids, we are closer to 20 percent, or one in five of our citizens. You can get Medicaid if you earn 138 percent of that or nothing at all. This is a socialist safety net we rely on to survive. Nationally, over 40 million live in poverty with 100 million, one-third, living "near" the poverty line, according to the U.S. government. The last time this happened was the Great Depression when one-third of the nation was ill-housed, ill-clad and ill-nourished. Franklin Roosevelt's reaction, the New Deal, created the Social Security system and jobs programs viewed as socialist and pulled us out of that swamp.

Bernie Sanders and the Millennial Democrats view our condition today as similar to that due to the income inequality between the wealthiest 1 percent that now own 40 percent of the country's wealth and the poverty of one-third of America. Bernie is no socialist — see his speech delivered at Georgetown University in 2015 — but he advocates policies like Roosevelt's, a sort of new New Deal, that includes higher minimum wage, Medicare for all and free two-year college and technical school tuition. Like Denmark or Norway, he supports a free-market economy, so he is really a "compassionate capitalist," to coin a term.

Perhaps we could have Bernie's programs, paid sick leave and vacation time, too, as does every other major industrial nation. If we did, we still would not be a socialist nation and our Constitution will prevent that from ever occurring. So, don't worry, Mr. Weber, the "Red Menace" has no foothold here.

Mark R. Woods
Milltown, Ind.
May 01, 2019

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CCMS thankful to all for successful Career Night


Crawford County Middle School would like to express a huge thank you to all of our supporters during our third annual Title I Career Exploration and Parent Night.

Numerous career experts, business leaders and post-secondary representatives showcased their fields and shared information with students to help them think about their future and consider the many careers and opportunities available.

We would also like to especially thank our parents and guardians for bringing your students to this event so they can better plan for their own future.

Thank you to all of the following for sharing with our students your passion, experiences and knowledge about your area of expertise:

Alan Taylor from Prosser, Chris Crews from Indiana University Southeast, Danielle Reynolds from Purdue Polytechnic Institute New Albany, Ivy Tech's Sophia O'Coffey, Crawford County Probation officers Jim Grizzel and Jessica Jenkins, Crawford County Sheriff's Department officers and Sheriff Jeff Howell, Milltown Police and CCCS SRO Ray Saylor and cadets, Indiana conservation officers Dennis Talley, James Hodges and Jim Schreck, Indiana State Police officers Christopher Rainey, Ryan Conrad and Ryan Griffith, Branchville Corrections Facility's Sally Howerton and Benton Stroud,

Crawford County Prosecutor Cheryl Hillenburg and the office's Parker Hudson, Community Foundation of Crawford County Executive Director Christine Harbeson and Finance and Programs Manager Laken Fraime, Orange County REMC's Braden Mitchell, Harrison County REMC's Nick Geswein, RE/MAX agent Barbara Shaw, First Savings Bank representatives Wayne Carothers, Whitney Gabhart, Eric Gilmore and Rochelle Richardson, Fred Smith Store Fixtures' Jonathan and Ryan Smith, Lucas Oil representatives Rick Hill and Joe Lucas,

Jasper Engines and Transmissions representative Damara Underhill, Salem Airport and Aviation's Lowell and Rhonda Depoy, Sharon Wilson from Crawford County Tourism, Joe Kellum from Kellum Imprints, CVS pharmacist Dave Cleek, Dr. Click Dentistry, Smith Animal Clinic veterinarian Dr. Allen, X-ray/ultrasound tech Rosie Cunningham, Harrison County Hospital nurse Allison Howell and cardiac rehab Clyde Melton, Nicole Osborne from Lincoln Hills Development Corp., Harris Construction, Matt Chism representing Apprenticeship Coordinators for Mill Wright Carpentry Union, Chris Thorsen representing Apprenticeship Program for Electrician, Purdue Extension representatives, Gear Up's Stacy Kitchin, Charlotte Key, Kim Smith, Donna and Jim Schultz retired teachers, and journalist Chris Adams.

Crawford County Middle School would like to extend thanks to our sponsors for providing funding that helped support the night, Title I for the CCMS cinch sac and tangler giveaways, the Community Foundation of Crawford County for funding the gift cards, Bluetooth speakers and Kindle tablets prizes, Indiana Career Explorer (INCE) for funding Bluetooth speakers, Bats tickets and Cub Scout Camp Cards, Gear Up for funding food and drinks for our career experts and volunteers, the Boys & Girls Club for providing food and drinks for our students and parent participants, and CCMS-PBIS for sponsoring our middle school banner.

We would like to thank all the school staff and student council members who volunteered their time and efforts for the event.

Miranda Kellum, Crawford County Middle School Counselor
April 24, 2019

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Low-cost spay, neuter options exits


I'm responding to the caller in the Clarion Calls, April 17, 2019, issue regarding: "This is for the lady with the 25 cats. There's a law about dogs and cats. You can't let them roam around and do their business on other people's property. Maybe we should call the health department about this matter."

Has anyone checked to see if she needs help? Maybe she started with a few, but due to lack of spay/neuter, maybe they have just continued to multiply.

Maybe she needs help adding a cat door and someone putting up an outdoor structure that the cats can come and go freely from the house, but stay confined outside. I've seen these online, and I know someone who put in a cat door that let a cat run under a deck that led to a fenced in area with trees. There was some kind of fencing on the top of it, so the cats could not get out, but they had access to nature.

There are low-cost spay/neuter options available to residents in Crawford County, from the voucher assistance program, funded by the Crawford County Board of Commissioners and Council and available at the Auditor's office in English. You can get a FREE voucher for a cat for $20 to help pay for surgery. You would owe the vet anything over $20. All local vets take these vouchers. For information, call 812-338-2601.

There is Crawford County Spay and Neuter. They provide lower-cost spay/neuter transport. Recently, there was a very nice article in this paper about this monthly service. For information, contact 812-630-4139.

You can also check with Spay Neuter Services of Indiana (SNSI) at www.getthemfixed.com. You can download the form, send in $20 and proof of income, and they send a certificate back that you can take to participating veterinarians. The certificate pays for the rest of the surgery.

You can reach out to River Valley Humane Society/Crawford County Animal Rescue at 1-502-396-0660 or 1-812-969-2615 for further assistance.

Maybe this woman just needs help and doesn't know where to turn.

Ann Windell
Ramsey, Ind.
April 24, 2019

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In defense of Trump


I am writing about Mrs. Ashira Young's opinion in (the March 13) Viewpoints. She has the right to express her opinion, but I do feel that she just needs to get her facts correct. My name is David Boone, and I will admit that I am a Ronald Reagan conservative Republican, and I mention this merely just to make things fair.

She brings up that double standards are bad, and on that she is quite correct, but what she uses is very incorrect. She mentions about all the time used against Hillary Clinton, and on that I do agree. The case against Hillary Clinton does not need all the investigations; the woman is guilty. First of all, Hillary was the Secretary of State. A very important position. You know, the presidential succession is president, vice president, speaker of the house, president pro tempore of the Senate and then the secretaries of the cabinet in the order of creation, of which guess what position is first? Secretary of State.

Now with that being stated, I have a question about the Benghazi incident, since an ambassador was involved: where was the Marine attachment? All ambassadors have a Marine attachment. On the personal email server,didn't Hillary sign a federal document that stated that she was not supposed to even have one? Then, Hillary used bleach bit and a hammer to break up the server?

Now, I admit that I am not too pleased about liberal Democrats and I am not too pleased for RINOs (Republicans in name only) either. Both John Bonner and Paul Ryan were both RINOs. You both were speakers of the house and got nothing done! I hate to tell Mrs. Ashira Young that Micheal Cohen needs to rot in prison for the absolute liar that he is!

On Mrs. Ashira Young wanting to investigate President Trump, fine. What are you wanting to investigate? You are upset about the manner that president uses. OK. What do you expect — the man is from Brooklyn, N.Y. You say that he lies. OK, where? You use what he said as a candidate, and you have to admit that if the trade deal goes through that that is pretty good, so what if it is not an actual check from Mexico? I hate to remind her that her savior, Barack Obama, said, if you like your plan, you can keep your plan; if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. That president created more national debt than all the previous presidents put together. You want to mention Otto Warmbier, and, yes, that is a bad situation, but at least Rocket Man is not shooting rockets right now.

President Trump has his own way of doing things and is a rapid learner and is doing so. Kim Jong-un has screwed up and will be seeing that very shortly. You will find that I have read a lot of history and know my civics. Congress has always screwed up and just maybe will finally do their job; we can hope.

Our own governor needs to wake up. The state of Indiana should know that, since our legislature passed the law that if your last name begins with a B, that your license plate is supposed to be renewed in February. Then, why do you wait to send the renewal form in the middle of the month, and, then, when the person does send it back the next day, he still gets the plate a week late? They have raised the price of gasoline an extra 10 cents on the gallon. Supposed to be for roads. Well, they better be. They are turning into rougher than a cob. Our state claims that it is broke when it has the most funds it has ever had. It is against casinos, but we have 12 of them, and the taxes the casinos pay is outrageous.

So, you see that I have several to complain about.

Just remember this: This is the United States of America of which we have 50 very independent states, so we will finally get the job done, but it can become rough at times.

So, just for the fun of trivia, we have 50 states, yet one of our states has no counties at all and it is a very large state. Which one is it?

Thank you for reading.

David Boone
Marengo, Ind.
March 27, 2019

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Solutions possible for dog, cat population problem


Dog and cat overpopulation (DCO) is a serious problem in Harrison County and especially in Crawford County, where there is no animal control facility. The primary cause of DCO is unwanted litters belonging to people who either refuse to spay or neuter their pets or can't afford it. At times, Harrison County Animal Control is overwhelmed because of people surrendering their unwanted litters. Crawford County desperately needs an animal control facility.

Those of us in the trenches with mud on our boots see this first-hand when responding to calls for assistance. We see many tied to trees without adequate shelter. Others are allowed to run free and continue breeding. One lady had two cats she couldn't afford to spay or neuter; now she has 31. Another lady said, "Sometimes the puppies just disappear." Kittens have been found in dumpsters.

Citizens of both counties need to accept the facts that: 1. Dog and cat overpopulation is real, 2. DCO is a social injustice and 3. All social injustice is corrected through laws. Women did not get the right to vote by saying "please." Dr. Martin Luther King didn't win civil rights by just wishing for it.

We cannot end DCO through voluntary spay and neuter programs on their own. It must be combined with local ordinances and assistance to those who need it. Introducing county ordinances which regulate/prevent unwanted litters is a necessity. Fewer unwanted litters equal less burden on our animal control facility.

One suggestion to solve the DCO problem is to reinstate the breeders permit requirement, which simply said that, if you let your pets reproduce, you need to have a breeders permit, which was free. It was designed to be more of a way of encouraging people to take advantage of the voucher program provided by the county.

Another suggestion is to bring back the dog tax. If the pet has been spayed or neutered, the tax is waved and any tax collected is used to fund the county voucher program.

Harrison County needs at least two animal control officers. One to take care of the facility and handle adoptions, and the other to respond to complaints and enforce the Harrison County Animal Control Ordinance. This officer should have the authority to confiscate any animal whose owner is not in compliance with the ordinance. Crawford County needs to adopt an ordinance similar to Harrison County.

Meanwhile, some type of agreement or arrangement to allow Crawford County citizens to turn in their unwanted pets to the Harrison County facility should be worked out between the two boards of county commissioners.

And, lastly, it would be nice if the veterinarians of both counties would set aside a monthly pay-in-advance, low-cost spay and neuter day to help relieve this DCO problem or one day each month where spays and neuters are done for the value of the vouchers.

Editor's note: The Crawford County Spay and Neuter program, in its second year, provides low-cost spay and neuter services for Crawford County residents. For more information, including monthly transport dates, visit the Crawford County Spay and Neuter Facebook page. In addition, spay and neuter vouchers, which are accepted by various veterinarians in the area, are available to Crawford County residents through the Auditor's office.

Ray Wilson
New Middletown, Ind.
March 20, 2019

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