People’s column

Animal treatment is shameful in city

Editor, OBSERVER:

Is it really necessary for the city of Dunkirk’s animal control truck to have a magnet stating it responds to “nuisance animals?”

Let’s set a precedent, shall we? The city is not in the habit of helping stray, abandoned, neglected or hurt pets.

They all are simply a nuisance to the city of Dunkirk. Why bother at all?

Also, must the animals picked up be forced to ride in the back of an open pickup truck and crated in any weather?

The officer picked up a small dog from me and exclaimed, “He’s not riding in my new truck!” and put this tiny dog in a crate in chilly wind.

Just wondering if the general public, politicians and city officials have any idea how outsiders see our way of dealing with our city’s animals who need help and care?

Yet they wonder why people hesitate to call in authorities when needed.

Is this true animal care?

SHEILA THOMAS,

Dunkirk

Chemical law needs update

Editor, OBSERVER:

Every day we’re exposed to chemicals linked to cancer, infertility, autism, asthma and other diseases. Chemicals that did not exist when our grandparents were kids are now in our paints, our furniture, and our cleaning supplies. Yet, no one requires the chemicals used to make those products are safe.

How is this possible? The answer lies in the failure of America’s main chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, which hasn’t been updated since President Ford signed it into law in 1976. The law is so weak that our government cannot even ban known cancer-causing chemicals like asbestos.

Fortunately, there is bipartisan effort behind a new bill in Congress to update the chemical law. The bill needs substantial improvement if it is to get the job done, but we are asking our members of Congress do what it takes to protect our families. We shouldn’t have to wonder if the products we use every day are safe. Even Washington should understand that.

RICKEY FRANK,

Fredonia

A consideration

to ease floods

Editor, OBSERVER:

The village of Gowanda has had flooding since the 1800s. Ninety-nine percent of the flooding occurred, and continues to occur, at the South Chapel Street “bridge.” I am not going to go on and on, but just want to make one important point. After the flood of 1986, the bridge was washed out and was not replaced for several years.

People adjusted to its absence. I know that a lot of residents feel strongly about removing the “box culvert” and dead ending the street. We should all push to remove it permanently. We have had enough!

DON OFFHAUS,

Gowanda