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Jan. 31, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Stricter laws needed when dogs attack

On Oct. 31, 2013, a dog was mauled by a neighbor's three dogs in Proctorville, Ohio, and died two days later.

The neighbor responsible was arraigned on Dec. 9 and a court date was set for Dec. 23. Unfortunately, the deceased dog's owner passed away on Dec. 18 and could not appear in court.

A neighbor eyewitnessed the attack and was to appear in court on the assigned date. He was notified on Dec. 20 that the case had been dismissed. The three dogs continue to roam the area during the evening hours. Families living in the area are terrified of the dogs.

Other attacks include a dog being mauled/killed two weeks prior to the attack on Oct. 31 and another dog being attacked by the same three dogs twice with some minor lacerations.

According to the prosecuting attorney's office, the deceased dog's owner could not be represented by any family members or an attorney, thus the reason for the case dismissal.

We obviously need stricter laws regarding dogs attacking dogs as this exhibits aggressive behavior. The question then is -- are we waiting for these aggressive dogs to attack a human before justice is served?

Kim Mintz

Wilmington, N.C.

Homosexuals deserve our love and help

I recently watched a PBS special about a rise in churches in America who call themselves welcoming and affirming. The focus of these churches is the gay community. To affirm means to be in agreement with or to declare as a fact.

I have a few facts myself that I think deserve meditation. First, God is love. He loves all His creation, especially man whom he created in His image. I do find though He has issue with our behavior. Behavior comes in two categories. Godly and ungodly. I will say it simply: Homosexuality is an ungodly act.

Can you mix oil and water? Can you mix good and evil? Can you mix godly things with ungodly things and be OK in the eyes of God?

Heaven forbid we would be sold out to a cultural world view which is constantly changing. If there be any hope for us at all, we must be sold out to a Biblical world view which is stable and never changes.

Remember you can love the person and at the same time hate a sinful behavior that is destroying them. Be it addiction, sexual immorality, violence, lies and deceit. All these people are victims of the lies Satan is trying to pass off as the truth. And they deserve our love and our help.

Teresa Curry




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