Letters to the Editor -- April 9, 2010

SPCA volunteer responds to critic


A recently released report states the Delaware SPCA delivered on its promise to reduce euthanasia rates-doing so by more than 70 percent from 2008-2010. The SPCA’s live release rate approaches 80 percent, re-homing 3,220 animals in 2009. They also are working on increasing the re-homing numbers even more.

Nathan Winograd, the pioneer of the No-Kill movement in the United States even went so far as to congratulate the SPCA on these numbers on his Web site, at http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=3214.

Instead of thanking the SPCA for a great effort, turning the entire organization around and saving the lives of even more animals this year, Safe Haven, a non-existent shelter, has chosen to take the low road once again, pointing out the number of animals euthanized in red type on their Web site.

Yes, animals were euthanized and yes, 844 were too many. But did they bother to find out why these 844 were euthanized? No.

I would like to request that Safe Haven stop bashing other organizations. The Delaware SPCA saved more animals in one year than Safe Haven has in the seven or eight years they’ve been claiming to be a no-kill shelter. I wish they would concentrate more on opening their doors and stop slamming organizations that are actually saving animals lives and improving their save rate on a daily basis.

Kate Hungerford
Ocean View

Editor’s note: The writer is a volunteer with the Sussex SPCA.

Saying goodbye


Eileen completed her life at the Delaware Hospice Center on Good Friday afternoon. Home was not an option for us because of the care she needed after the surgery.

She felt secure, knowing she was surrounded by the medical care she needed to finish the life she had remaining, without discomfort or pain.

The tumors were first noticed nine months ago. During those months, she anticipated holding a new granddaughter, a return trip to Doc Fords on Sanibel, the sunsets at the Mucky Duck on the tip of Captiva, even a visit to her ancestors’ home in Ireland.

Last week, she held 9-day-old Avery Eileen. Captiva, Sanibel and Ireland seemed unimportant.

Anticipating the future, as we did, gave us hope and kept most of our days bright.

The past several days we celebrated the past, laughed a lot, congratulated ourselves on a job well done, exaggerated a little bit (no one has raised perfect children), remembered the nice things about our friends (not everything), hoped they remembered only the nice things about us and asked forgiveness from the Lord.

It was your expressions of support, the prayers you offered, the good memories, and just being with us, that made things better for both of us.

Thank you.

Eileen and Jim Gallant
Fenwick Island

Great news for Delaware schools


Congratulations to the Education Department of Delaware. Thanks to their hard work and that of the teacher unions in the state, Delaware has been awarded over $100 million that will be used to enhance the education of the children in our state.

This was an enormous task to tackle. It is so rewarding to see their hard work recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and its Secretary, Arne Duncan. Delaware placed second in the country. Tennessee won the first spot.

This is part of the Obama education initiative Race to the Top. Now the children will benefit from this extraordinary grant. Congratulations on a job well-done.

Mary Thormeyer
Ocean View

Fischer recognized for efforts with conference


I would like to say a special thank you to Maribeth Fischer, who is president of the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild, for orchestrating the 5th Annual Writers at the Beach Pure Sea Glass Conference, March 26-28, 2010.

For the opening remarks, Maribeth was very gracious offering her sincere gratitude to the authors, volunteers and members of the Guild for all their help in making this conference possible. As a member of the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild, I am able to witness firsthand the energy, enthusiasm, preparation and planning that goes into an event like this — all under the guidance of Maribeth Fischer. She’s the last one to take credit for all that she brings to our community, not only during the conference, but throughout the year. She provides an arena for our entire community to enjoy local musical talent, poetry and prose readings, children’s programs and so much more.

I am so grateful to know her as a motivator, a mentor and a friend. Thank you again for all you do for the Guild and for our community.

Loretta A. Zsido