As I read the Friday Dispatch article "Overnight Amber Alert cellphone calls halted," I was appalled, disgusted, and grieved. Those who wish to be notified of an Amber Alert either by cellphone or by a land-line phone should not be accommodated to receiving those notices only when it does not interfere with their own sleep.
As I read the Friday Dispatch article “Abduction case: Overnight Amber Alert cellphone calls halted,” I was appalled, disgusted, and grieved.
Those who wish to be notified of an Amber Alert either by cellphone or by a land-line phone should not be accommodated to receiving those notices only when it does not interfere with their own sleep. Sorry, but children, as well as others, are abducted at all hours, including in the wee hours, and time is of the essence to find those who have been abducted and to prevent further threats to their well-being.
Have those who complained not heard of the importance of the first 48 hours? Either they want to save a life or they don't. Which is it?
After all, cellphones can be turned off or the volume of the ring lowered at night.
I strongly urge those who determine when Amber Alerts should be sent out to please remember why these notifications are issued in the first place.
- LIZBETH KELLEY
WestervilleWetland transfer is not best option
I respond to the March 6 Dispatch article “Suit filed to block swap of Sawmill preserve,” regarding the Ohio Environmental Council’s legal action to stop the transfer of the Sawmill wetland. I was lucky enough recently to visit the property, where, by my count, more than 200 residents were present.
The property is quite a gem. I’m told it is one of only 14 high-quality wetlands remaining within the I-270 corridor.
I gazed away from the wetland and toward the vacant Circuit City lot just to the west and wondered why the state would allow Sawmill to be bulldozed when there is a perfectly suitable substitute, and vacant, property right next door.
Instead of being destroyed, the Sawmill property should be transferred to Columbus Recreation and Parks; the city has stated explicitly that it would like to have it.
With this in mind, I hope the court will take a hard look at this case and reach the conclusion that a rare ecosystem that, in the right hands, has the potential to be a phenomenal community asset and should not be destroyed to suit the whims of a developer or apathetic state agency.
If the court does not make this determination, every valuable wetland property that has been set aside for preservation in Ohio could be in jeopardy.
GahannaThanks, Bob Evans, for your humanity
As an animal lover, I was saddened to learn about how inhumanely breeding pigs are raised in small “gestation crates,” which are barely larger than their own bodies.
But I was inspired to learn about how Bob Evans is working to change this by committing to buying pork only from farmers that don't use the cruel crates (“Bob Evans Farms to pork suppliers: Give pregnant pigs enough room,” Dispatch, Bottom Line blog, March 13).
The fact that, each year, millions of pigs are crammed into these crates shows how far we need to go in improving animal welfare in our society, and how we all need to support the work being done to improve the lives of farm animals. Ending their extreme confinement seems like the best place to start.
Thankfully Bob Evans, dozens of other companies and nine U.S. states are doing just that.
Let's support this effort.