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Many great reasons to adopt a shelter pet

Every year, millions of animals in the United States alone are euthanized. Sadly, too few people adopt animals.

By adopting from a shelter, humane society or breed rescue group, the number of animals that lose their lives could be significantly reduced. By adopting, you save the animal you've adopted and open a space for another animal. Many people think that shelters are dirty places and that there must be something wrong with the animal since it was given up, but that's not the case. On average, the adoption fee is around $75. The cost of a dog at a pet store or breeder could run anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Animals from many shelters are already spayed and neutered or vaccinated, which really brings down the cost.

Lastly, when buying from a shelter you are not supporting breeders or pet stores; they put profit before the welfare of the animal.

In the end, there is no reason people should not adopt from a shelter or a rescue group.

Planned Parenthood increases disturbing

On Jan. 4, 2013, Planned Parenthood Federation of America released two major documents concerning its operations.

The data show that federal and state officials elected by the American taxpayers have increased the millions of dollars going to Planned Parenthood by 11 percent in the last two years.

We now provide $542.4 million to the nation's largest abortion chain. Planned Parenthood cannot survive without the government funding that currently provides — according to Planned Parenthood's own 2011-2012 annual report — 45 percent of its total income.

Sadly, 40 years ago the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe vs. Wade has silenced generations. Each of those 55 million people, whose lives have been lost, had a story to tell.

One can only imagine how different our country would be today if these gifts had not been aborted.

Concerned citizens invited to meetings

As president of the Wilkes-Barre Taxpayers Association, I encourage concerned city residents to attend our meetings.

The purpose of our organization is to encourage local government to take less taxes and to work more efficiently with the taxes they collect.

We study the way the officials spend our money and formulate tax policy.

We also study and report on ordinances being considered by our city council and our school board that relates to fiscal policy as well as urge lawmakers to either support or oppose them.

The Wilkes-Barre Taxpayers Association meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at St. Andrews, 316 Parrish St.

Casey Ritsick Mountain Top Diane Zindell Jermyn Frank R. Sorick Wilkes Barre

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