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Letter to the editor
Dogs are fine, but what about people?
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Forsyth County News
Well, it looks like all those wanting to save the poor pooches from not enjoying life to the fullest, because their owner may not be able to afford a fence, are going to get their way.  

Based on my reading of the proposed ordinance, there are no exceptions for part-time tethering, for dog runs, or dogs used for security purposes.

I assume that those that cannot afford to put up a fence are going to be forced to give up their dogs, likely causing more going to the pound.

From what I’ve seen, dogs, in pens, kennels, or locked up in garages or apartments all day are not much better off. Those cooped up inside all day may wish they were outside on a chain, if dogs had such thoughts, which is sort of the bizarre joke to this whole debate.

But what is really more bizarre to me, having been involved with the jail ministry, is how people can be more concerned about a non-existent problem with dogs on chains, and there is no activism for the pathetic conditions in the jail.  

There are human beings in there crammed like sardines, with oftentimes more than 30 people to a toilet (based on my recent conversation with a jailer).

These are not all vicious criminals, which some people may think are getting what they deserve.

The Lord said to care for the hungry, the thirsty, the destitute (naked), the sick, those in prison, having done it unto the least of these, you’ve done it unto Him. He also said He would not take it kindly, if you don’t (see Mat. 25:35-25:46).  

There are people laid off, out of work, losing their homes, having a tough time making ends meet,  then we have people wasting time creating an undue burden for some on this non-existent problem.

Reminds me of the story of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. Seems he didn’t have a happy end, and neither did Marie Antoinette, poor peasants, not enough bread, “Let them eat cake!”

My advice, wise up fiddlers, and work on some real problems.

Porter R. Downey III