Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 1/12

Of kids and kitties

Recently, I hit a large white cat on Division Street in Nipomo. It was extremely upsetting for my daughter and me.

Uncertain of the extent of the cat’s injuries, I covered him with a blanket, except his head, rolled him into my arms and put him in the car. I took him to the dog and cat emergency veterinarian in Arroyo Grande.

What unnecessary trauma for a very lovable cat.

The veterinarian recommended calling the local sheriff for assistance with an injured animal on the road.

Cats are similar to kids and want to go outdoors to play. According to the veterinarian, outdoor cats live 3 to 4 years compared to 15 or more years as an indoor cat.

Please protect your kids, two-legged or four-legged, from vehicles, coyotes, dogs, poisons, etc.

Love always protects the well-being of the one loved. It only takes one tragic moment to encounter an untimely end or to suffer intensely and unnecessarily as this kitty did.

This lovable kitty is now at Animal Services, which can be reached at 781-4400.

Nora Jenae


Refusing credit

The Tribune article in the business section about the decline of borrowing on credit cards should come as a surprise to no one (“Borrowing declines again in November,” Jan. 9). 

As soon as the lending industry learned of the Democratic proposed legislation to rein in much of the lenders’ abusive behavior toward consumers, they (who gladly took taxpayers’ dollars through bailouts) sent all of us with cards a new, arbitrary agreement raising interest and other rates sky high prior to the legislation taking effect. 

We were given a choice: Accept their new terms or opt out. I’m sure millions of Americans made the same choice I did ... opt out.

Everyone in this country with a credit card should write his or her respective congressional legislators and insist that the new legislation be amended to force any lender who accepted our money to roll back our rates and terms to their original levels.

Sheryl Fisher-Acosta

Paso Robles

Watch for trauma

There has been a lot of comment about deaths from head injuries when an adult thinks all is well and is not checked by a doctor (“Man who declined aid died of head trauma,” Jan. 5).

Parents of small children are routinely taught to monitor their child following any blow to the head for 24 hours by checking for alertness and response when sleeping.

Such simple precautions can be followed in the case of anyone, regardless of age.

It is quite common for someone to walk away from an accident only to lose consciousness later from a brain injury. This is exactly what kills an infant in “shaken baby syndrome.”

We all need to be aware of symptoms of head injury and remain alert to the possibility of a delayed effect.

Ask a heath care professional’s advice or research the Web or medical information books.

Gail Lightfoot, retired registered nurse

Arroyo Grande