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Where are reasonable solutions to deal with dangerous dogs and with drug use?

January 29, 2016
In The News

I will offer a commentary on two recent news stories, although the only similarities in the two lie in the preposterous remedies and comments offered by the respective officials named in each story.

The first is the story which revealed a need for some kind of meaningful county ordinance to take care of irresponsible dog owners who move to the county and allow their pets to terrorize other homeowners.

Two comments were made, first by a Sherriff’s officer and the second by a commissioner. The first was that people move to the county to avoid city ordinances. My reply to that comment is please do not buy a home adjoining our small acreage in Cass County if this is your reason for moving to the county! My family does not want a neighbor who rejects rules of courtesy and responsibility and imposes on the good will of other property owners.

The second comment concerns the Sherriff’s officer who gave the advice to shoot the dogs who wandered onto one’s property. Having lived in Cass County for some thirty to forty years, I have never been in a situation where the solution was to shoot a dog. Surely, our commissioners are able to craft or copy (from another county) a meaningful ordinance with a little more acumen than the solution of shooting a dog! Furthermore, shooting a firearm on the small acreages that many live on is not acceptable unless the adjoining property owners don’t mind the risk of being hit with the bullet intended for the stray animal! I personally don’t want anyone near me firing a gun in any direction and I believe there is already a noise ordinance in the county which should prohibit that.

The other news story concerns Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s visit with high school students who apprized her of the increase in drug use in Belton High School and most specifically, her comments about that fact. I was astounded that one who is in her position would not offer a solution involving a change in the laws of our land which would halt the proliferation of drugs. Certainly, teachers such as me and my colleagues have been aware of and dealing with this circumstance for some time. The answer to drug use and drug related violence does not lie in the new education bill. It lies in the core values of our society and laws which could prohibit profit by the sale of drugs to our youth, and a Congress who would outlaw the foolishness of putting guns into the hands of the mentally unstable.