To the Editor,

It appears that Farmington is hedging on a decision to enter into business by operating a spay/neuter clinic. I have always thought highly of our city leaders and believe that each of them who knows me understands that, but I absolutely disagree with government entering private enterprise and competing with local business.

Veterinarians are part of our free enterprise system. They pay high fees for years of education, prepare a business plan, then beg for and/ or borrow lots of money to open a clinic. They hope all along that their knowledge, advice and compassion brings clients to their door. In order to pay bills and keep that door open, they need income on many levels. Spaying and neutering is NOT an overcharged luxury for them. It should be called necessary income.

Instead of competing, why not face the dog and cat overpopulation problem with more education? The city, animal league and humane society should spend more of their resources on teaching responsibility to the infamous and unacknowledged "backyard breeder." They are the ones who, undeniably, produce most of the unwanted animals. Teach them that statements like "she needs to have a litter first" or "I won't take his manhood away from him" are not intelligent thoughts.

Passing another law won't work except to fool some of the public into thinking you are on top of the problem. A Spay / neuter law would be like drunk driving laws, vagrancy laws and drug laws. It will overwork the overworked officers and the only ones who will abide by the law are responsible owners who actually take care of their pets anyway.

TOM SUMMERS

Farmington