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Someone was complaining recently that humans should not be eating meat and stick strictly to a vegetarian diet.

Notwithstanding that humans have been eating meat for hundreds of thousands of years there was a recent study completed in Austria that found vegetarians were not as healthy as those who consumed meat in their diet and suffered more depression.

There was an article in a science journal some years ago telling the story of someone who arrived at an emergency room in a coma. The emergency room physicians assumed the patient had been using drugs but nothing of that sort showed up in his blood. One doctor had a Eureka moment and had the patient checked for B-12 and sure enough, the patient had none. Given a shot of B-12, the patient soon came out of his coma at which time he revealed that he had been a vegetarian for 28 years, suffering only minor brain damage from his vegetarian diet.

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In our local paper a couple issues back there was an article on whether or not our local government should have prayer before the opening of any meeting. It seemed the consensus was that most felt they would try to keep a prayer of some type in place, although there was one individual that commented they personally didn't see the need but would go along with whatever the commissioners decided, which I am respectfully disappointed in that outlook but not surprise by his thinking. Also in the article it was stated that there seems to be somewhat a double standard, which I agree, in that before Congress opens, the tradition is that they open in prayer, but this seems to be viewed differently for local government systems.

I know for most this seems a bit trivial, and religion should be kept private, and not in any open forum. Plus many feel there's little need for these old traditions in our modern world, and that we ourselves personally pray seldom or not at all.

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I was just six years old and vividly recall the day, puzzling at my parents reactions to these words as they were broadcast nationwide. I don’t recall understanding the words, but days later sat between my parents in a theatre, seeing President Roosevelt say them on the “news” which was part of movie offerings then shown. There was no television, no internet, and certainly no cell-phones. We relied on radio and movie-theatre news.

The impact of that day on every American of all ages was enormous. Most Americans had no fore-knowledge. From historians we have learned that there were indications of coming conflagration, not just in Europe but here for our homeland.

We didn’t see it coming!

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It has been one month since the Macon County Humane Society has changed their name. I am very happy to say that everyone is supportive of the name change with a very few exceptions. It was not an easy decision to make as so many things had to be changed to show the new name. But it was a necessary change all the same. For years we have been confused with the Macon County Animal Control. We are two totally separate organizations with totally different operating practices.

The Humane Society is a no kill shelter which simply means we never kill to make room for more dogs or cats. There are very rare occasions when we have to make the heartbreaking decision to have one euthanized due to severe illness beyond our capability to help. And that is a very rare occasion. Our staff has raised money for so many cats and dogs that needed surgery or extra medical care. This is not included in the shelter’s operating budget.

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published: 10/18/2013
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