Letters to the Editor

Behind closed doors

My letter is regarding the Jan. 19 article about the Humane Society of Cowlitz County.

I agree with Dr. Aaron Gilbertsen on the lack of care and treatment of the animals. A cat or dog should not be left unattended for hours or days without the needed treatment they required. This is not what is expected of our humane society.

Let us give this vet praise for disclosing the facts that go beyond “closed doors.”

The cities and towns that contract with this humane society should know the treatment (or lack of) that these unfortunate animals endure. We are their voices and must not tolerate inferior care.

I am glad that the buildings are in good shape. It is the attitude demonstrated by many of the employees that leads to poor care. Injured cats and dogs with this additional stress take longer to heal and thus are longer in the facility. The need love and protection to qualify for nice, adoptive homes.

What has happened to the adoption program of several years ago? If this is too much work, some volunteers will be happy get these animals into happy homes and out of the humane society’s expense. Please, can some of you come forward to help the employees at this shelter to help reduce neglect and killing of the animals?

I believe the budget should be public, as much of the funds come from taxpayer money. Board meetings should be announced and open to the public. The public needs to know how its money is spent and how board discussions are made.

Now is the time to rise up and make this animal care facility one that really cares about animals.

Milli Schaber


Return on investment

The Daily News had a good three-part series on housing and homeless people. But I think several important ideas are missing in these articles.

Yes, we do have a major housing shortage, but the fix is what we need to discuss. Investors want to build here. They will need $1,000 to $1,200 rent per month for a two-bedroom apartment to pay for their investment. TDN reported on one new apartment development that wanted $1,200 per month but couldn’t fill the apartment at that rent, so he agreed to reduce the rent. This action may scare other developers who are considering investing here.

Affordable housing — a great name for lower rent properties. The Longview Housing Authority talks affordable, but based on the asking rents, they charge more than I do for many of my apartments. I don’t see their units as being affordable. They call it project-based vouchers with Section 8 vouchers assigned to their properties. If you are at the top of their waiting list to get a Section 8 voucher, but you don’t feel their property meets your needs, you don’t get the voucher. Someone else gets the rent subsidy to live in the LHA property.

Locally, we do need hundreds of additional apartments to meet the present demand, but because of this demand, rents will continue to increase. New units will have expensive rents by today’s standard. Exemption from taxes by some owners will continue to cut funding out of our schools, police and fire, which provide the services we need.

Bill Hallanger


Compromise on

gun control

Lawrence Studebaker’s letter to the editor (The Daily News, Jan. 23) on compromising on gun control was one of the best letters I have read in years.

He goes way past common sense. He has shown wisdom. He expressed my feelings exactly.

To show that much knowledge, he must be an old man.

Charles L. Klawitter

South Kelso