El Paso already has the right Animal Services director: Readers

After receiving a directive from City Council to obtain no-kill status, the city’s Animal Services shelter has saved more than half of the strays it’s taken in this year.

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El Paso has the right Animal Services director

Why is the city wasting money seeking a director for Animal Services when the perfect candidate is already in place?

Before Kurt Fenstermacher came on the scene, the place was a very dismal sight. The first thing you noticed was a sign with a list of euthanizations being performed. They were in the thousands.

Now it is a whole new atmosphere. You can feel the positive vibes in the staff and volunteers. Adoptions are way up and euthanizations down.

In more than 15 years I had never seen such a drastic, positive change. They are hosting great adoption events, with lower and sometimes free adoption fees. For many years, nothing changed until Fenstermacher came on board.

C’mon Tommy Gonzales, for the sake of the city, Animal Services, animal lovers, concerned citizens for shelter reform, do the right thing and hire him. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Alice Martinez
Central El Paso

Trump family threatens our nation’s future

How is it that nobody in Washington seems to want to stop this runaway train that is completely out of control before it’s too late?

How and why the Trump family is running our country is beyond comprehension. All this family is interested is in getting more and more rich, using our White House to run their international business.

All this interacting with Russia should be looked as an act of treason. If this continues for three and a half more years, it will be very hard to get America back on its feet.

Where is everything that was going to be accomplished for the betterment of America? And the Republican Party backing up this administration is just as guilty of destroying America.

May God bless America and guide us through this very, very difficult and trying time.

Carlos Castillo
Sunland Park

Fenenbock should focus on EPISD, not ambitions

The possible congressional run and fundraising of El Paso Independent School District board member Dori Fenenbock does not sit well with this voter.

Fenenbock championed the EPISD bond issue, one of the largest in school district history. She needs to remain right here in El Paso and do the job she was elected to do and oversee the proper implementation of the bond issue money before seeking a higher elected office.

This is another example of current and past EPISD board of trustees and superintendents that make a stop in El Paso. Then move on before their jobs are complete.

Their main focus ought to be how best to help the students and support the teachers who are the in direct delivery of instruction.

Morris Taylor III
East Side

Leave Organ Mountains monument as it is

As a veteran, I vowed to serve and protect my country, and that includes our public lands.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument has proven to be an asset to Doña Ana County, and that is why I was pleased that the County Commission recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution urging President Trump to keep our monument the way it is.

In addition to the commission’s support of OMDP, the cities of Las Cruces, Mesilla and Anthony added their support to the preservation of the National Monument, as is. In these communities, the economy has flourished, jobs have been created, sales taxes have been invested in the infrastructure and provided the city a means to grow.

The monument protects historic treasures including World War II aerial targets, the Butterfield stagecoach trail, and Native American petroglyphs.

As a military veteran who has served, I take these matters very seriously. I hope that President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke listen to our community and continue to protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in its entirety for generations to come.

Andrea Sandoval
Las Cruces

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