New rescue law will suprise animal lovers

The Suffolk County Legislature passed a new animal rescue law last year that goes into effect on Monday. Many animal rescue groups have only just heard about the law, and I believe other groups and individuals who feed feral cats will be caught unaware.

A letter from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services said individuals or organizations involved with animal rescue had to apply for a $100 permit by April 22. The law says “operation of animal rescue without a permit” could bring a $500 fine.

As president of Volunteers for Animal Welfare, a group that educates the public about animal rescue, I believe the county should have done a better job publicizing the new law. In addition, Suffolk County should work with Nassau County and the state to have one conforming law. Differing village, town, county and state laws governing animal rescue leave too much open to interpretation.

Currently, Suffolk County residents are pretty much on their own when it comes to rescuing animals. The Suffolk SPCA depends on rescue groups to assist. Many of our towns do not shelter feral cats. Suffolk County should establish a rescue site, operated by a nonprofit organization, perhaps in a local building now vacant. We could have round-the-clock phone assistance there, and run education classes for young people.

Rita Miszuk, Miller Place

Results won’t change if we elect same people

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I read part of a speech former President Barack Obama gave in Italy. He said, “People have a tendency to blame politicians when things don’t work, but as I always tell people, you get the politicians you deserve. And if you don’t vote and if you don’t pay attention, you’ll get policies that don’t reflect your interest.”

I’m not an Obama fan, but I can’t solely blame him. I must blame all our elected officials. In our local, state and national governing bodies we have a real problem with elected officials unwilling to engage in active and honest discussion to solve the problems we have.

The job of representing a district has been replaced with career politicians who covet the value of being re-elected. Unseating incumbents is very difficult.

Those of us that expect more and better of our politicians are going to be disappointed if we keep electing the same people.

Steve Johannesman, Bayport