County, state join forces to fight Lyme disease

Re: "New law will educate people on Lyme disease," From Readers, March 18

Last week, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the Lyme Disease Testing Awareness Act that was introduced by two of our Loudoun County delegates, chief patron Barbara Comstock and chief co-patron David Ramadan. I appreciate them getting behind this important issue to raise public awareness.

I was diagnosed with Lyme disease seven years ago, following years of being misdiagnosed. My family and I continue to struggle with the impact this disease has on my health, ever-increasing medical costs and related financial burdens.

Our county government has held managed deer hunts at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. Our Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is currently eyeing an expansion of this program to continue to help address the county's deer overpopulation and ultimately reduce Lyme disease infection rates locally.

This is a great example of local and state government working together to find solutions to improve our quality of life here in Loudoun County.

Richard Thomas


Preserving President Obama's dubious legacy

Legacies are important.

To give credit where credit is due, let's all call it Baracquestration from now on.

Elizabeth Mansfield

North Potomac

Republicans only squeal when Dems do it

Republicans lost control and lashed out with rage when President Obama raised the debt ceiling three times and claimed executive privilege once.

But when President George W. Bush raised the debt ceiling seven times and claimed executive privilege six times, Republicans were hypocritically supportive.

That's called fairness,Republican style.

Jack Donner


National fundraising groups don't help fat cats

Obesity is a growing problem in America, and not just for humankind. According to a recent survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats are overweight or obese. As with humans, improper diet and lack of exercise are largely to blame for this epidemic of excess.

Owners of overweight pets can help their pets achieve a healthier lifestyle by making better food choices and adding in daily exercise in the form of walks, runs or playtime. But for dogs and cats in shelters, these simple changes can be extremely difficult to implement.

Shelter staff do their best to choose healthy foods and provide daily activity, but they lack resources to hire sufficient help. National animal groups give little of the money they raise to shelters -- just 1 percent in the case of the Humane Society of the United States.

By dropping off a bag of healthy food, volunteering to walk dogs or play with cats, or simply donating to your local animal shelter, you can make sure that homeless dogs and cats stay healthy while they wait to find their forever homes.

Diana Culp


Humane Society for Shelter Pets