The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 8, 2013

Our View: Happy endings

— We’ve all heard the expression “the world’s going to the dogs.” Maybe, on further reflection, that’s for the best.

Sunday’s edition carried a story about a 6-year-old Seneca boy who wandered away from his home and was lost for several hours. As the sun set, the temperatures dipped into the 20s. When rescuers found him, he was being kept warm by his two dogs.

On today’s front page, you will find the story of a happy reunion between a heart transplant patient and her young boxer, which had been training as a service dog. The dog had gone missing since Jan. 1. Thanks to the far reach of social media, Laila was spotted and was welcomed by her happy owner. The tasks Laila is learning as a service dog make her far more than just companion.

Both of these stories — especially the story about the lost boy — touched the hearts of our readers, many who praised the dogs that stayed by the child. Others recognized the loss the owner would have suffered if the service dog had not been found.

Pets have long been recognized as an important part of humankind’s world. Yet we have shelters full of unwanted animals.

As you read both of these stories, take stock of the need to spay or neuter and to keep your pets safe and out of harm’s way.

The tremendous impact animals have on our lives and the joy they give us should be rewarded by responsible ownership.

Please do your part.

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    On Aug. 5, voters will be asked to make a decision about Amendment 1.

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  • Your View: No on Amendment 7

    The Missouri Department of Transportation is wanting more money through a three-quarter-cent addition to the sales tax. Consider one example of how it spends your money.

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    I received two fliers through the mail today asking me to vote “yes” on Amendment 7, which would add a three-quarter-cent tax to Missouri’s sales tax to help maintain roads and bridges.

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    Take a moment and ask yourself who was the last person in your family to farm.

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  • Your View; Makes no sense

    Chess was never my game. It’s too complicated.

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View: Time value of money

     I was shaking my head along with Anson Burlingame (“Much has changed in U.S. over 14 years,” Globe, July 22), then he offered his readers a chance: “Go ahead — take your pick.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View: Boiling a frog

    We voters are now being urged to vote on Aug. 5 for Amendment 7 “to fix our roads, highways and bridges.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Our view: 'Yes' on 7

    Opponents of Amendment 7 say this: “Missouri families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery.”

    July 26, 2014

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