Saturday, September 14, 2013

Where Is Their Mind?

(post via Facebook)

The Laredo Animal Protective Society is not pleased, to say the least, with city council's decision to cut off their funding.  Apparently the city has better things to do with its money.

Let's forget for a while that the city hasn't always been smart with its money, and focus instead on where it stands now.  First, Mayor Salinas is always spouting what he thinks are current priorities for Laredo.  Several days ago he chose safety as priority number one.  (Later it will be jobs, or kids, or his health)  Not that his word means anything at city hall, but the mayor and our elders should see that a strong, viable LAPS organization is good for the city in terms of public safety.

Rabies is one thing, but stray pets present other problems for the people of Laredo.  On my commute to work the other day, several cars in front of me had to break suddenly.  Luckily I was focused on the car ahead of me, if not, I would've hit the automobile.  As it turns out, a dog was wandering in the middle of Zapata Hwy.; That's what caused the cars in front of me to slow down all of a sudden.

Councilman Jorge Vera knows something about having to avoid dangerous traffic situations.  Unfortunately now he wants to look the other way when motorists could be in danger because of stray dogs.

Council met in a special meeting Wednesday to decide what to do with the money they received from the Civic Center sale.  Some of the funds are going into the general fund, and the rest will be used for a sports complex, one with a focus on baseball fields for tournaments.  Uh, we already have one.  In fact, when the city dedicated the Slaughter Park SPORTS COMPLEX, it used kids dressed in their little league uniforms as props as Mayor Salinas spoke.


We need more baseball fields and the Laredo Animal Protective Society can go screw themselves.  It's not like we need more capacity to handle the pet population in Laredo anyway.  I'm sure the new dog pound facility the city built will be able to take care of the city's needs.    

Sarcasm aside, I really don't know where city council's head is at.  To deny funding to LAPS is to deny a problem that is right in front of our face on a daily basis.  The city knows full well that the need for public services will only increase as the city grows.  This decision to make a worthwhile organization go on with less is unbelievable.  Council should be ashamed of themselves.


Anonymous said...

Katy Perry's Dad Speaks on The Moral Decline of Our Youth -

KeyRose said...

Oh gawd, I love Katy Perry, but his dad is a blathering idiot. Not even going to acknowledge the radio host.

I liked Katy's performance at the end of the MTV Awards.

Anonymous said...

Bola de Flonkes--How can Laredo progress when we have a bunch of idiots running the show. The Laredo City Council and Webb County Commissioners Court are just plain stupid. The sad thing about is that the overwhelmng majority of the citizens of Laredo do not care. This shown at the elections, nobody votes and the ones that vote are usually told how to vote. El Danny did not even graduate from High School.How can he be the CEO of Webb County. How does he undestand what a pie chart is. How can he go negotiate with the city of Laredo. He has set Webb County back so much. El otro clown bolitas. I cannot understand how was it this idiot was an FBI agent. Did he ever arrest anyone in his career.

KeyRose said...

The only ones who vote are candidate friends, friends of friends, family members, and those who really take pride in their civic duty.

Those who don't really don't care to understand how government works.

The sad part of those who are engaged in the process don't show up to voice concerns in front of elected officials. I'm one of them.

Anonymous said...

Nothing is more Stupid and dangerous than having
Important decisions in the hands of people that have
Virtually no consequence for being wrong,

That is why government in general is always a failure.

Anonymous said...

And yet all of you are dependent or live off government paychecks or close to it. When ask if u want less government, oh no, we can't have them, that's scary. lol

Anonymous said...

Correction: we can't have that not we can't have them

Anonymous said...

“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealins with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
― Immanuel Kant.............. enough said

Anonymous said...

The city has a facility of their own. Why should they fund LAPS. Funny how is always less government except when we need money to fund out "pet" projects. I would rather the money be spent on neglected children than neglected animals.

KeyRose said...

Several things on that:

The city's facility is still not fully operational as I understand. I believe they only have space for 60 animals right now. On top of that, they kill those animals that don't get picked up by the public.

LAPS is a 'no kill' facility.

Laredo is only going to continue to grow. We need more capacity to handle the stray pet population in town. The city's facility by itself is not going to cut it.

The city doesn't do everything on its own. It contracts services out to local providers. They need the help.

Hoodlum said...

Money on a sports complex/baseball filds aren't necessarily a NEED. *and has nothing to do with neglecting children.*
Now if your don't want your child bit by strays then maybe you should think twice about how important LAPS is.