Letters to the editor

Take Spay Day to heart

For years we heard it from the mouth of television icon Bob Barker at the end of every episode of The Price is Right: “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.” In celebration of Spay/Neuter Month in Vermont and World Spay Day on Feb. 24, it’s time to take his words to heart.

Tragically, over six million homeless animals crowd shelters each year, many of whom are needlessly euthanized. Animals are an important part of 71 percent of Vermont households and we all have a responsibility to help curb animal overpopulation by spaying or neutering our pets.

Spaying and neutering have numerous health benefits, as they lower animals’ risk of developing dangerous reproductive cancers, prevent unwelcome behaviors including marking and aggression, and in general, extend pets’ lives. Since the cost of medical procedures may be a concern for pet families, many shelters and clinics throughout the state offer options for reduced-cost spaying and neutering. Even those who do not have pets can help make Vermont a safer and healthier place for animals by donating to organizations like Green Mountain Animal Defenders, who have sponsored the spaying and neutering of over 55,000 cats and dogs in Vermont since 1983.

This World Spay Day, celebrate the health and longevity of your pets as well as animals across Vermont by having your pets spayed or neutered or by making a contribution to a local animal organization.

Marissa O’Shea
Green Mountain Animal Defenders
For a humane monetary system

The State of Vermont has a $112 million budget deficit in large part because it won’t stop paying Wall Street. Wall Street is no different than the mob. As the Bank of England admits in a new paper entitled, “Money Creation in the Modern Economy”, money is nothing more than an IOU, and it is created by the banks, not from the substance of deposits. A substantial portion of our state budget currently goes to paying the interest on debt service to Wall Street.

What is a conservative? Does the meaning of a Vermont conservative describe the political will to thieve from working people and send their value to the banks?  Conservatives here in Vermont who value the prosperity of their neighbors and hard workers ought to stop enabling theft through sending interest payments to Wall Street year after year rather than instructing our local banking experts to keep that interest home for the public.

Political and economically powerful people are known to be self-serving and ruthless, and the world’s psychopaths have found a natural fit in the halls of power. They are smart enough to speak the script suggesting that they look out for working people.

The Vermont Economic Development Authority pegs a living wage at $21 an hour. Why isn’t everyone making it? Are we too stupid to see that everyone can have enough money for personal dignity (as soon as we replace our psychopathic monetary system with a humane one)?

Our socio-economic health outcomes can only be improved when the monetary system we use rewards the joyousness we are capable of, rather than the psychopaths among us.

Emily Peyton