Letters to the Editor (5/23/2013)

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A leash is cheaper than a fine
Editor:
This is a letter to the editor and the other citizens of Socorro.
I think progress is being made in our town to solve the problem of loose dogs, some of which bit walkers, riders,  runners  and, recently, even a motorcyclist.
I have found that the definition of “attack” in the Animal Control Ordinance of the city of Socorro states that “Attack means to bite, or scratch, or chase.”  I’m not sure dog owners or those who have been attacked by loose dogs know this.
I have found that the municipal judge interprets the current laws to mean any dog which bites someone must be picked up by animal control officers, or by the police who cover for them on weekends.
I have found that this problem CAN be solved if:
1. The law is enforced by the police.
2. The persons being attacked or who see loose dogs report them to the police.
3. Reports of loose dogs and those that bite are filled out correctly by the officers.
4. Owners agree to comply with current law and control their dogs by leashes or  fences.
Finally, I have found out that a leash cost a few dollars; a fine runs between $99 and $299.
Catharine Stewart-Roache
Socorro

World too harsh for Arf’s view
Editor:
Below are my on-going comments to the “gun” debate. WHY is the Chieftain wasting precious space and ink on Arf’s ramblings? “They’re Not Like You and Me?” Thankfully! Bring back Tom and “Socorro on my Mind.”
I grew up hunting and target shooting with my father in the late 1940s and early 50s.
In the 1970s after my car quit and as I walked along I-25 in the dark, there was NO doubt I was armed as north and south bound drivers could easily pick up the glint of my rifle barrel.
Today too many souls are tortured, shot, poisoned, stuffed in bags and become desert cremains.
Regrettably “Advanced Reasoning” is abstract not reality
Andrea Blodgett
Lemitar