Dogs and cats; sugary soda; flags

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A dose of community volunteerism, worthy of some ink.

Earlier this month, the Second Chance Cat Rescue had a spay/neuter event, one of several conducted throughout the year. Some 94 cats and 16 dogs were spayed/neutered. Many of the cats were feral. They were also vaccinated and returned to their colonies upon release.

Second Chance Sheridan Cat Rescue was founded by Elaine Kristiansen and her daughter, Rachel, according to Rita Rohrbaugh, who did a lot of the heavy lifting in the recent event with her husband, Bill Rohrbaugh. Rita is an occasional columnist on the Dog & Cat Shelter for The Sheridan Press.

“They’re making a difference in Sheridan, both in the city and county,” Rita asserts.

In the three years Second Chance has been conducting these clinics, more than 1,700 animals have been spayed/neutered/vaccinated.




Terry Weitzel, a member of Sheridan’s Wounded Warrior Project committee, says the sale of American flags during the recent Field of Honor event at Sheridan College raised more than $20,000 for the veterans returning home from foreign deployments.

“It was hugely successful,” Weitzel says, adding, “committee members were high-fiving one another.”

About 100 flags are unsold. They will be available for purchase at tomorrow’s farmers market in Grinnell Plaza, says Weitzel. The group will have a tent on-site.

The Sheridan Press was a co-sponsor of the Field of Honor event.




The nanny-state of government recently reached into western Colorado, following a similar lead of New York City regarding sugary drinks.

The Telluride (Colo.) Town Council voted 5-2 to put before voters in November whether or not to impose a penny per fluid ounce tax. In other words, you buy a 44-ounce fountain drink, full of cola or some such, you can pay 44 cents in taxes. An estimated $200,000 to $400,000 would be raised say the sponsors of the proposal and the money would be committed to scholarships, physical activity centers, after-school programs to educate children on growing fresh vegetables.

Proponents in Telluride cite the nation’s ongoing problem with obese children; opponents, particularly business owners, say that small business is once more saddled with having to add resources for tax compliance. Telluride is a beautiful former mining town, hard up against the San Juan Mountains with a year-round population of about 2,500. Its primary industry is real estate — second home owners, and tourism — splendid summers, festivals and a first-rate ski mountain.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a citywide ban on soft drinks sold in containers larger than 16 ounces. Bloomberg’s ban caught the national eye and became controversial. Recently, a New York appeal court invalidated the ban, saying the Bloomberg administration sidestepped the New York City Council via the city’s board of health, members who were appointed by Bloomberg.






“I am a man of simple tastes, easily satisfied with the best.”


— Winston Churchill, British prime minister and statesman, 1874-1965


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