Bill treats all dog breeders the same
As a responsible dog owner, I oppose SB 437 that is on the Governor's desk for his signature. This bill treats all dog breeders the same, even if they take excellent care of their dogs. Responsible breeders are a tremendous value to the state. They are experts in their breeds, take extreme care to ensure dogs are placed in good homes, and can help new owners learn how to properly care for their new puppy. SB 437 does not distinguish between these breeders and those who mistreat their dogs. Rather, it creates a new, expensive government program that is not necessary and violates the rights and privacy of those who are actually benefiting their communities.
There are six kennel clubs in the state, with four shows held in Huntington. I invite you to come to our next dog show, which will be held at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Aug. 24-25, and see for yourself the commitment that we as AKC dog show exhibitors and members of the Magic Valley Kennel Club have to breeding and raising healthy, quality purebred dogs.
Robert E. (Gene) McDonald, president
Magic Valley Kennel Club
Police may be 'under the influence'
If you cruise the Internet you will come across numerous blogs on the subject of "police union contracts allow police officers to work under the influence of alcohol." From all accounts, it seems to be a big practice in towns across America.
I knew I wasn't crazy. Someone has to be "under the influence" when they detain a motorist 45 minutes or longer (in a police station) to get a breathalyzer reading.
Let's review a much talked about police practice ensuring a charge of DUI. Step 1, police pull motorist over for some alleged traffic violation. Step 2, require motorist to submit to a field sobriety test, usually given on the sloped side of the roadway. Step 3, tow motorist vehicle away from alleged scene of the crime. Step 4, detain motorist (in a police building) for 45 minutes or longer. Step 5, allow enough time for alcohol level to naturally rise. Step 6, here's the most interesting part, require ex-motorist to submit to a breathalyzer test. Step 7 the Gold Ring, a charge of "driving under the influence."
Maybe just maybe, the law required the wrong people to submit to a breathalyzer exam, or we are being scammed?