Letters: Readers weigh in on issues of the day
Protect your pets on Memorial Day and beyond
This Memorial Day weekend, countless Americans will head outside—flocking to parades and picnics and pools — to enjoy some fun in the sun alongside family and friends. As we kick off the warm summer season, American Humane Association — the country’s first national humane organization — is reminding pet owners that leaving animal companions in hot cars can be lethal.
Even when it’s a comfortable 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a parked car can climb to 90 degrees in just 10 minutes — and up to 110 degrees in less than hour — exposing our furry friends to serious risks of discomfort, illness, and even death. Responsible animal lovers can also do their part to help other pets in danger: Concerned observers who see a distressed dog inside a parked car on a warm day should immediately call local animal control or law enforcement for help.
To keep your pets safe and happy this Memorial Day weekend and beyond, just remember: Hot dogs belong on grills, not in parked cars.
Robin Ganzert, PhD
President and CEO
American Humane Association
Support for Rebecca Morgan's campaign
Editors note: The Daily Times has a policy of not running letters endorsing or criticizing candidates in the week before an election, which means today was the last opportunity for such letters before the June 7 primaries.
I’m writing to encourage the voters in our area to vote for Rebecca Morgan for the District 1 State Senate. San Juan County needs leadership and representation for all its citizens not just the few in special interest groups. Morgan has the vision and skills to lead San Juan County into the future. She has a common sense approach to governance that exhibits vision and accountability. One of her greatest strengths is bringing people together which is so very important in this era of polarized politics. Nothing is being accomplished by refusing to compromise.
Morgan is the daughter of former state Senator Jack Morgan. She grew up in Farmington and loves the area and its people. She is familiar with politics and the legislating process. The owner of Namaste House, Morgan serves on the San Juan Regional Medical Center Ethics Committee. Serving as a volunteer she belongs to several non-profit organizations that benefit our community.
I heartily endorse Rebecca Morgan as the woman who can get the job done. She is fair-minded and listens to all points of view.
Forum will address extremism on public lands
The calls to sell off our public lands have been growing at an alarming rate, and unfortunately many who support the land seizure movement have been taking a more and more extreme stance in making their case.
It’s okay to disagree — there is no one answer to our management of public and state lands — but it is not okay to make people who think differently than you feel like they are in danger. This was most prominently illustrated with the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, when armed extremists took over public lands and refused entry to the American people. This extremist act unfortunately ended in bloodshed, and it’s important to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
The public now has the opportunity to speak out against extremism on America’s public lands. The House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raul M. Grijalva is holding a forum on the growing anti-government extremism on public lands. The forum will discuss the emergence of this movement and the government’s efforts to confront these dangers. The public is welcome to submit comments prior to the forum, and I encourage everyone who is against this extremism to do so.
The requirements to submit comments are as follows: email comments as a .pdf attachment, saved using the name of the organization/individual submitting the written comments. Write in the subject line: Forum — Countering Extremism on America’s Public Lands. Please include contact name, organization (if the submission is being submitted on behalf of a group), phone number, and email address, in the body of the email. Submissions will be accepted through June 10 and made public at a later date. All comments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The growing extremism around this issue is dangerous and antithetical to progress. Show your support for ending extremism around the public lands transfer issue today!