August 13, 2013

Letter: It’s time to get moving

— I am writing this letter as a call to action for concerned pet owners in the Dalton community.

A cat of mine became severely ill recently. I am disabled from heart trouble, have no car, and live on limited financial means. I was shocked and dismayed to learn that there is no after hours or weekend veterinary service available in Dalton. I kept repeating to people over and over, “You’ve got to be kidding.” A county of 125,000 has no after hours vet service? This is worse than pitiful — it’s inexcusable and unacceptable. But it’s also kind of expected.

Dalton has some real issues in the service area, namely they don’t provide nearly enough of them and the ones they provide are all in the wrong areas. People, you can’t run a city on schools, police, parks and recreation, and a hospital. It takes a heck of a lot more. And you can’t be out of town all of the time. If you want to be in other locations 50 percent of the time then you need to move to one of those other places and be there all the time.

Oh, but we can’t do that because then we couldn’t come back to Dalton and brag to everybody about how rich we are. People, get real here: You can’t have a viable dynamic community that depends on cities 30 and 40 miles away to tie your shoes and wipe your nose. Get out of your doldrums and get moving and help your own town for a change or find another place to live! There’s more to a city than carpet mills and fast-food joints.

Charles Hyder