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Volume XVII, Issue 5 - January 29 - February 4, 2009
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Letters to the Editor

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One Stripper Too Far

Dear Bay Weekly:

I brought some friends to the North Beach New Year’s Plunge this year to enjoy a good family-oriented event. They had their picture taken by your photographer as they exited hand in hand. One was even quoted. They were quite exited to see if they were in this issue.

However, I sadly told them that half of the article was focused on a male stripper, who few of us noticed. I used to respect Bay Weekly for good thought-provoking local news, not the sensationalism that you would find at the grocery checkout counters.

Shame on you. U went too far!

–Ralph Bucca, Huntingtown

Another Sporting Life Convert

Dear Bay Weekly:

Just want to let you know that Dennis Doyle’s Jan. 8 Sporting Life column on yellow perch got me motivated to try it. I went out today and purchased a bunch of lures, hooks etc.

P.S. I made the same resolution Dennis did about getting out and fishing more often. That’s why I decided to try perch fishing.

–Christopher J. Kuhlkin, Shady Side

Kitten Season Coming; Spay and Neuter Now

Dear Bay Weekly:

Patuxent Animal Welfare Society Inc, PAWS, reminds all cat owners and feeders that this is the month that female cats are coming into heat, having unsafe sex, getting pregnant and delivering largely unwanted kittens in two months. Many local spay/neuter solutions are available for the problem. All of our counties’ excellent veterinarians do spay/neuter. Just call to schedule an appointment ASAP.

PAWS and Friends of Felines also drive the Pet Taxi (410-316-1616) every Wednesday morning from Prince Frederick to Waldorf for discount spay/neuter. Cat spays cost $65 and neuters are $45; grants to pay for them are available from SPOT (410-562-6516) for low-income families. Dogs can ride the taxi and receive grants also.

The Calvert County Pet Coalition also schedules the Promise Wagon, a licensed mobile vet hospital in Prince Frederick once a month. Call 410-586-1332 to schedule your cat for the Sunday, February 15, visit. Dogs under 35 pounds can also have surgery then.

If you don’t own a cat but are a feeder, please take full responsibility for the cat by spaying. All of the local rescue groups have traps to lend and will help trap. If you don’t do it now, there will be more and more cats to feed. The situation gets out of control very quickly if cats are left unspayed. Please don’t feed unspayed cats; call for help if you need it. It has been estimated that half of the cats in the US are unowned. The cat population will only be controlled when they are spayed.

An editorial in Jan. 27’s Washington Post notes that “In 1970 24 million dogs and cats were put to death in animal shelters in the United States. By 2007, this number had fallen to four million.” Spay/neuter is the reason. We need to finish the job. One is too many. Please, spay and neuter.

–Jean Radeackar, PAWS treasurer
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