2018-05-16 / Opinion


Firefighters did their very best to save dog

As a dog owner I was very upset to see the picture and story in Sunday’s newspaper (May 13 edition) about the dog that died in the house fire on Barnes Road. But then my husband said the story was about the great effort the fire guys did to try to save the dog.

They spent about 20 minutes working on the dog. That’s what the story said, so it’s true they never gave up and kept trying to bring it back. When I calmed down I realized not everyone or every animal can be saved from fires, and now think the story was well done because it shows how hard these people work to save lives — all lives, even of a German Shepherd.

I would hope firefighters spend 20 minutes on my dogs if we ever had a fire, so I now appreciate what they tried to do and the story shows the commitment firefighters have to their jobs.

I’m a huge dog and animal lover, so right away the story got my attention on Sunday. I had to put the paper down I was so upset, and I then got really angry at Jeff Hogan for writing the story and taking pictures. But when I calmed down I realized the story and pictures showed firefighters doing their best to save the house and the man’s dog. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for either.

I hope the man will get another dog to bring him love and peace. The Burlington Township firefighters did a great job in trying to save the dog. Good work people, even though there wasn’t anything you could do to save the dog. You tried and that’s what counts, you never gave up on it for 20 minutes. That’s a long time to work on an animal.

Marissa Emerson

Mayfield Township

Impressed with firefighters

We have three dogs, two cats and a bunny in our home and I couldn’t imagine what life would be without them, so I cried when I read the story (in Sunday, May 13 edition) in your paper about the fire that killed the man’s German Shepherd.

To think the firefighters spent 15 to 20 minutes working to save the dog’s life when the house was still on fire is incredible. You can tell from the picture that they were trying real hard, and even used a special oxygen mask made just for dogs.

Like I said I cried when I read the story, but at the same time was real impressed that firefighters would spend so much time on someone’s beloved pet dog.

It was a hard to look at, the picture of the people working on the dog because I was imagining if that was one of my dogs. Good work people, and I’m sorry you couldn’t save the man’s dog but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

Jaime Schriber

Goodland Township

It’s one’s duty to support libraries; vote yes Aug. 7

I appreciated Neena Sharma’s letter in the paper (in Sunday, May 13 edition), and I agree. Vote “yes” for the new library on Aug. 7.

We have a wonderful opportunity here to replace the crowded Marguerite deAngeli Library with a state-of-the-art building with much-needed space for generations to come, and for little cost. My husband and I have lived in the Lapeer area for seven years, having moved from the Shelby area of Macomb County where they have an outstanding library system.

I use the library quite a bit, but even if people don’t ever walk through the doors they should still support their library. Just like whether or not you have schoolaged children I think it’s one’s duty to support local schools, because as libraries and schools go so does a community.

If a community doesn’t support its schools or public libraries that says a lot about the commitment of local residents about their value for education, of literacy, of culture and of each other.

I would hope that the good people of the Lapeer area will see the merits of a new library with more space, more books, more computers and more services as a value to the community.

Vote “yes” on Aug. 7 for now and the future of this community.

Valerie Schank

Elba Township

Marijuana capitol of the Thumb, I-69 corridor

Hey why not? Let’s make Lapeer the marijuana capitol of the Thumb and the I-69 corridor between Port Huron and Flint, so now we’ll bring the stoners and criminal element from the communities on either end of the highway in our vicinity.

I don’t think people have really thought through just what all these marijuana businesses in Lapeer are going to do to the community.

There will be a lot more people in our community that we don’t know, that the cops don’t know and they’ll be coming here all day and into the night to get their marijuana and smoking supplies. Isn’t that quaint?

Thank God for Dan Osentoski (Lapeer city commissioner) who had the courage to suggest a limit of six medical marijuana pot shops when everyone was okay with unlimited numbers, but even six is a lot when you consider there’s a good chance if people votes yes in November (ballot proposal to decriminalize recreational use) that these places will then sell pot to anyone 21 and over.

Again, isn’t that just lovely. Isn’t that just “Friendly Lapeer” perfect?

Lapeer (county) has a big enough drug problem right now in case you haven’t noticed or you’ve been living under a rock, so why in the world would the City of Lapeer invite in an industry whose mission is to sell as much marijuana as it can? Oh, but it’s medical I forgot.

Give me a break! Folks, I hope I’m wrong but in another year or two people will be screaming to get rid of the pot shops that are coming to Imlay City Road as the paper has been reporting. We won’t recognize this town anymore, and crime will go up that’s for certain too.

Annette Chase


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