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Oct. 17, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

A few dollars each can go a long way

Intake numbers were recently reported by Huntington-Cabell-Wayne Animal Control Shelter. In each week of September, census at the shelter was consistently in excess of 200 animals. The two county and one city governments cannot supply the 75 full-time staff necessary to meet the animals' needs.

With such numbers in need, citizens of Cabell and Wayne counties and Huntington need to understand that they must help to care for the shelter animals by volunteering. Citizens can also help by asking their officials to pass a ballot resolution to increase the funding for the shelter to appropriate levels. The current annual budget of $300,000 is only a fraction of the $971,453 recommended by the Humane Society of the United States based on our population.

Each citizen of Huntington and Cabell and Wayne counties should be contributing a minimum of $7 per year to take care of our community's animals in need. That would give the director the budget he needs for staffing, facility improvement, and animal care. Are citizens willing to spend a mere $7 a year to make a positive change for our community's shelter pets?

Lora Varney

Huntington

Kirtley Smith best for county assessor

I have served as the chief administrator in the county's assessor's office for the past 16 years. As I think of who would be the best service-oriented person for the citizens of Cabell County, I can think of no one better than Phyllis Kirtley Smith.

As a former police office and Cabell County jail administrator, I had the opportunity to closely observe Phyllis when she served as a Cabell County magistrate and city of Milton councilwoman. We are very fortunate to have a person like Phyllis who has the needed characteristics to serve the good citizens of Cabell County.

Phyllis will be able to come in and provide a smooth transition. I believe her wealth of knowledge and experience is exactly what the job requires. I am convinced that she will be a true asset to our community as Cabell County assessor.

Jerry Hutchinson

Huntington

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