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Opinion Letters

I would like to thank the Macon County Health Department for their efforts to ensure that the public has safe drinking water. An article appeared in the April 25th edition of The Macon County News advising well owners to regularly check their wells for lead and other contaminates. I am a healthy person and could not understand why I was experiencing digestive problems. I spent Easter weekend in the hospital because of a small intestinal obstruction. The doctors could not find an apparent reason for my condition and ordered further testing. I suffered from headaches, weakness, stomach pain, acid reflux and fatigue. The tests results showed inflamed stomach and stomach erosion. I decided to have the water tested and took a sample to the Macon County Health Department. Within 36 hours was notified of e coli and coliform bacteria contamination. I stopped drinking the water and within three days my stomach stopped hurting and within five days my headache was gone.

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At a school bus stop in Oak Grove community, I pick up trash weekdays from kids apparently tossing stuff out the bus windows ... chewed off pencils, pens, wadded up paper, numerous snack food, gum and candy wrappers ... all ugly litter that should have been recycled by the user, not me.

Getting down to basic ABCs, I consider recycling not a silly bothersome chore, but a deep moral obligation, one that could, and should, be subject matter for a few Sunday sermons. Some believe the earth is our home with God the master gardener ... and the earth our schoolhouse with mother nature the wisest teacher. And one small lesson addresses the way nature deals with waste. Everything is recycled including animal homes and even the animals themselves. All plants are biodegradable and reused. There is no waste in nature.

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I would like to warn seniors and especially women to be aware and when you have work done check out references and go see the work that people told you they have done.

I am a very honest, trusting person and I have the tendency to trust other people. My trust and faith in people has really been trampled on. I find myself turning bitter and I know I cannot let that happen as once you lose your faith and trust in people you lose too much. So, I am writing to your paper which I enjoy reading very much.

I try to deal with local people. After filing for legal separation, I started fixing up things that were let go for a few years. My first of four different experiences.

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I agree with Ms. Shower's letter last week stating that the $5 cost of a rabies vaccination at the public clinic does not cover the costs involved in administering the shot. Obviously, it does not. Anyone who has their pet cared for by a vet understands the costs of running an office, not to mention the educational requirements for the vet. Veterinarians deserve to be well rewarded. I am glad to employ a vet that we trust.

However, the statement that the myriad costs listed by Ms. Showers: "one-year vaccine, syringe, needle, cost of tag, vaccine storage, technical support wages, veterinarian's time, cost of the license and continuing education needed to maintain the license to be able to administer the vaccines, the liability insurance necessary to participate nor the time both veterinarians, their staff and administrative help lost with their families" make it sound like each rabies shot should cost hundreds of dollars just to break even! (Is that list a little over the top?) Maybe then we would be offered a three-year certificate. The three-year and one-year vaccines are identical in cost, and the vaccine is also the same, according to numerous sources.

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