Letter to the Editor

Like living under Hitler

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the opinion letter written by Ann Lubke of Palisade, dated on 16 May 2008 on the attack-dog issues. First of all, the sheriff stated to her that he does not deal with dog reports.

I would like to know if, for example, the person died due to the attack. Hmmm, so we overlook this issue and a loss of a loved one? Better yet, what would happen if the person who was attacked became parylized for life. Again, it is a dog issue overlooked. I ask you, where is the compassion of the sheriff and the village board? I don't know about everybody else, but my wife and I have home owners insurance and our insurance agent makes us insure our black lab, even though we live in the country with five acres to roam, so our dog is tied up and if someone comes on our property and that person gets bit by our dog, we are insured for all of the medical cost. My suggestion to Ann is to take the owner to small claims court and sue him or confront him if he has home owners insurance to cover this issue.

The sheriff is there to protect and serve the public, so was Ann protected? No, I think not. My question is, what would happen if this dog attacked the wife of the sheriff? Would he tell her he does not deal with dog issues? Better yet, for example, what would happen iif this dog attacked a loved one of the village board and lost their life? (Would) this issue still be overlooked because (they) don't deal with dog issues?

I do believe that Ann's constitutional rights have been vilolated, for I believe that Ann was discriminated (against) because she is a female and not an important person and she is not rich. I do hope that this letter will open up the eyes of the village board and sheriff to do something about this dog issue and have enough compassion to do something instead of overlooking it.If this is the way we treat our citizens of the United States and their constitutional rights, well we would be better off living under the ruling of Adolf Hitler, which in a way is how Ann was treated. So as I said before, let's stand up and fight for our rights.

Kevin Dunn,

Holbrook

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  • In response to your letter. First off, I am one of 5 members of the board for Palisade. We have ordinances against dogs at large, and other various ordinances pertaining to dogs. They state that in order for us, as a board, to enforce these ordinances, victims must file a written complaint with the Village of Palisade and sign such complaint. As of the date of this response no such complaint has been filed or any attempt to do so has been made. The person in question called the office and was informed of the procedure to follow in order for our Attorney to pursue the charges. The person in question needs to file a written complaint in order to follow through with the offense.

    I sit in monthly meeting every month with only a hand full of our residents in attendance to these meetings. We tell them every month if they have any complaints they need to file a written complaint with the Village Clerk so such complaint can be forwarded to the Village Attorney. If people are not willing to pursue the avenues provided to them in order to benefit from their Constitutional Rights then they should not complain that their Rights have been violated!

    You and I were willing to use our Right of freedom of speech to write these opinions. We were also brave enough to sign our names to them.

    The Sheriff is required by law to enforce all laws of the State. In fact there are State laws regarding dogs. If the person in question called 911 and ask for an ambulance as well as the Sheriff to respond, then he is required by law to respond, as well as dispatch an ambulance for the victim. I am also a volunteer firefighter as well as an E.M.T.. We were not notified by page or phone that an ambulance was need or requested.

    I feel the Village Board has done everything required, now we are waiting for the victim to do what they need to do.

    -- Posted by jrchristner on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 10:42 AM
  • Let's just sit back and watch a lady attacked by a dog bleed to death. The Village should have AT LEAST helped her obtain the right personnel, demanded that those personnel (whether local or State officials) helped her. They should have been willing to make the calls necessary, bent over backwards to help her, etc. They should have typed of the complaint and then handed it to the woman to sign. THE VILLAGE DIDN'T LIFT A FINGER! Oh my, we have to get that in writing or else we can't help you. Why has this society become so political and "don't touch me" attitude, IT STINKS! The Village is there to assist whenever and whereever needed. The Village Board did NOTHING! Let's just pass the buck, let the woman bleed, then what?

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 1:41 PM
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