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Sound Off! calls published on Feb. 20, 2008
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• Dog dumper pathetic

On Feb. 11, between 2:25 and 2:35 p.m., there was a black SUV looking truck that dumped a dog on Hackett Road. The truck looked new, and had nice looking rims. The dog looked like a chow mix. On the back window of the truck it had a Mexican symbol that said, "Hecho En Mucho" with a large bird (looked like a hawk) in the middle. The lady driver had medium length hair, average height, thin, and had three young boys with her. When she tried to get rid of the dog, it then ran as fast as it could after the truck, and she drove faster thinking she would get rid of the dog. She might of picked the dog up when she knew she couldn't get rid of the dog, to go dump it some where else. You know who you are and I have partial plate number to turn in. You're a pathetic excuse for a human being.

• Take care of your animals!

I have noticed in Ceres that there has been many people who let their dog run loose. I understand that there is that one time where your puppy or dog gets out, but I keep seeing the same dog out everyday. I have seen a smaller looking Queensland Heeler dog out for about three months now, weight is good, so it must be getting food from somewhere. Every time a dog comes into my yard, I call the pound to have it picked up. Last time I called to have them pick up a German Shepherd it took three hours but it was worth it! The owners found their dog the next day at the pound. I have seen many dogs and cats get hit by cars, and I am tired of owners neglecting their animals. If people don't want their animal, take it to the pound; put it up on Craigs List, or put an ad in the classifieds so people who own pets take control of your animal. Be responsible pet owners so it can find a real home.

• Conservatives are unwholesome

The greatest example of true public morality in recent decades hasn't been the rise of religious values but the fact that the Christian right itself has been tolerated, given its pro-war, pro-gun stance and the unwholesome flavor of conservatism in general as it cavalierly disregarded civil liberties and equality for all.

• Steer your kids away from crime

This is regarding the Crime Digest. These parents need to spend some time with these kids. I see you've got a 12-year-old boy stabs a little girl in the hand, and a 16 year old threw a bomb threat out at Blaker Kinser Junior High. We need to spend some time with our kids; turn the TV off, read to them, play with them, talk to them, puzzles. I know a 16-year-old probably doesn't want to do puzzles but, you know, talk to them. Do some homework with them. These parents need to wake up. I'm sure I'm not going to be the best dad but our boys are 5 and 3 and I spend a lot of time with them. I talk to them. We play together, do puzzles. I am mean, I'm not just in here watching TV while they're playing in the front yard.

• Wal-Mart emotions justified

I've lived in Ceres for over 40 years. Like all changes, emotional is normal and citizens should express their objections to the Supercenter if that's how they feel. I for one am not looking forward to seeing a store the size of four football fields with a parking lot to hold 1,300 autos at Ceres (Southern) Gateway. A Supercenter offers what we already have in town: more groceries, more traffic and low-paying jobs. That isn't my idea of smart growth. Higher wage jobs and upscale shopping and small eateries would suit me. As for human rights, we have the right to assemble and be logical and emotional. Without either, life would be boring like Wal-Mart.

• Ceres needs something new

I'm calling again about the Supercenter. I am the lady whose son lives in Tennessee and I have a couple of points that I would like to bring up first. First of all this might not seem like a small town to some people but people like myself who have lived in big cities like San Francisco or Chicago or New York consider this a small town even though she does not.

In your letter ("Supports Supercenter" on Feb. 6) you contradicted yourself. You said pointblank: "So, I can go to one store, do my shopping and go home. I don't have to run all over town to go to the grocery and clothing." And at the very end of your letter you say, "I'd still shop at all these stores too plus Wal-Mart." Which one would you do: Wal-Mart or the other ones? Because Save Mart is right over there and they need business.

I'm also a senior citizen and I drive by the new In Shape in Ceres. It's something entirely new? Have you seen the cars out there? It is packed because it is new and Ceres needs something new. Trader Joe's, Smart N Final, a beautiful nice restaurant, Uno Chicago Grill, something besides super big stores.