Letters to the Editor

Looking for the pet shooter

To the editor:

To the person who shot our family pet on Thursday, Aug. 15:

Your actions have caused a 1-year-old cat to feel extreme pain and suffering -- and a fracture to her front arm from your pellet penetrating through her skin.

If she was in your yard, you could have clapped your hands to scare her away. Instead, you wanted to kill a 6-pound family pet by shooting her. Perhaps you are unaware that there is no leash law regarding cats. That was animal abuse.

She had to undergo a very painful and surgical procedure to have pins, wires, screws and a plate inserted and attached to the bone you shattered by your inhumane and irrespoinsbile action. She is facing a six- to eight-week recovery time. Just for one day, put yourself in her place.

Judging by your actions, I can only guess that you are a mean-spirited individual without a conscience.

This incident has been reported to the Amsterdam Police Department, animal control officer, and the SPCA.

Our hope is to find you and file charges of animal cruelty against you.

V.P. Sollecito,


The time for prevention is now

To the editor:

The members of FGA (Feline Guardian Angels) would like to express our sincere appreciation to Lorraine and Bill Nichols from West End Wine and Liquor who sponsored our third annual FGA Wine/Beer/Food Tasting held on Aug. 15. A big special thanks to Laura and her staff for hosting the event at the Muni golf course, the representatives from various wine distributors for serving the large variety of wines to taste, our newest addition of Saratoga Brewery for various beer tasting, Maurita Smith from That Lil Hat, Frey Stables, Michaela Joyce for the "Triple Crown" theme donations and of course, the Silvertones for their wonderful music performance. The evening was a great success for the third year in a row.

Local sponsors donated many wonderful gifts and gift cards as prizes and the community once again opened their hearts by supporting our cause. The general public donated 270 pounds of food, 115 pounds of litter and 120 cans of wet food. The food will be distributed to the caregivers who diligently feed, water and oversee various colonies of feral cats in Montgomery County. All of these acts of kindness demonstrate the growing community support of the effort to fight the feral cat overpopulation. The funds raised from this event will be used to spay/neuter feral cats locally.

Please note even as temperatures cool a bit, cats will continue to mate and produce litters of kittens well into the colder months. Cats have an approximately 60-day gestation period, so fall kittens are being conceived right now. In addition, cats can become pregnant as early as four months of age, so this year's spring kittens can be producing this fall's litters. The time for prevention is now. FGA urges community members to have their pet cats spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Not only does neutering prevent new litters of kittens, it improves the cat's health. Additionally, this is also a crucial time to neuter neighborhood stray and feral cats "Through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), we are able to stabilize the population of local cat colonies, and decrease the number of cats entering shelters or living on the street.

Feline Guardian Angels is a 501c3 charitable organization operated by volunteers and concerned citizens whose mission is to humanely reduce the number of feral cats in the local community and to improve the quality of life through a trap/neuter/release program (TNR). Trap-Neuter-Return is a long-term, comprehensive community program that stabilizes the feral cat population humanely. Cats are trapped, tested for aids and/or leukemia, altered, vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor homes with a caregiver to oversee the general population. FGA also provides education to the public about the benefits of population reduction through responsible ownership. The organization primarily serves Montgomery County. To date for 2013, the group has spayed/neutered 85 feral cats from the local community. Please be part of the solution!

For further information regarding FGA and our services, please call 466-3478.

Myra Lampkin,


Stop and see CASA at the fair

To the editor:

CASA believes that society has a fundamental obligation to ensure that the basic rights and needs of every child are met. CASA volunteers are formidable forces that fight for these rights. There is no one else like a CASA volunteer.

The court-appointed special advocates program works with children who have been adjudicated, neglected or abused.

Again this year, CASA has been invited by the Fonda Fair board to exhibit at the fair. It is an opportunity for our program to give back to the community and to give something free for all the children who stop by the booth.

CASA will be located in Scott Hall. We will have free crafts, games and prizes for all the children who play a game. The booth will be open for the children from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. every day.

So stop by and create a pet rock, airplanes, paper flowers, butterflies, decorate a magnet, or color sheets. Kids can also play a game; Pin the Tail on You Who, Clowning Around, Anna the Anaconda, and The Cotton Bowl.

Adults please stop by and learn about the wonderful things CASA volunteers do. As already stated; there is nothing as formidable as a CASA volunteer in fighting for children's rights.

Linda Burns,


Nip gambling bug at early age

To the editor:

Did you know that it is illegal in New York state to sell lottery products to young people under age 18? Do you know why? Youth Gambling International found that young adults are three times more likely to have problems associated with gambling than adults. According to the New York Council on Problem Gambling, approximately 140,000 adolescents in New York state report having problems due to their gambling. An additional 10 percent of youth in New York state are at risk for problem gambling. Forty-eight percent of seventh through 12th graders report having gambled in the past year.

Youth today are exposed to gambling now more than ever before. They see gambling ads every day which depict gambling as exciting, glamorous and a way to get rich quick. Most adults who gamble do so responsibly and as a social activity. Unfortunately, for some people, gambling can become a destructive addiction. None of us wish this disease on our children, grandchildren or loved ones. The earlier a young person begins gambling, the more likely they are to develop a gambling problem as an adult.

Did you know that less than half of parents ever discuss gambling issues with their teens? Teens whose parents are open about the risks involved with gambling and about their disapproval of young people gambling are much less likely to gamble than teens whose parents do not talk to them about gambling. Parents play a crucial role in educating their children about gambling, the real odds of winning, and the risks and realities of gambling addiction. Please talk with your children about the facts so they have more information about the realities of gambling than just the ads they see on tv.

For more information about problem gambling, please call the H-F-M Prevention Council at 736-8188 or check out the New York Problem Gambling website at www.knowtheodds.org. If you know someone who needs help with a gambling problem or other addiction, call (877) 8-HOPE-NY.

Ann Rhodes,