YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Editor March 15, 2013

Pitts should support city help for humane shelter
During our last neighborhood association meeting, Fred Pitts, who is running for mayor of Tupelo, was our guest. During his speech he informed us that he is a Christian, a church member and a deacon. I was glad to hear this. He also informed us that Tupelo is in great standing with $18 million in its reserve. His goal is to advance Tupelo by speaking to people of all the “positives” that the city has to offer and not dwell on the “negatives.” This will persuade more people to move into our city.
When he sat down next to me, I asked him what was his goal or plan for our animal shelter. It seems that we will never get enough money to build a new Humane Society for our homeless pets. With $18 million in our reserve, can’t we donate some of that to help those who have no voice and cannot help themselves? Mr. Pitts was at a loss for words. He did, however, tell me that he sees this as only getting worse, and the city should take it over. But that would mean paychecks and insurance, right? So, is this a bad thing? Wouldn’t this be creating jobs for our city? Or does this mean that the shelter is a negative in his eyes? So why doesn’t the city take it over or at least donate to a new structure.
As it states in Proverbs 12:10, “A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”
Quote from Abraham Lincoln: “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men.”
Quote from Anna Sewell: “We call them dumb animals and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”
It is time that we all do the right thing and take a stand to help the voiceless.
Mitzi Phillips
Tupelo