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Re: “Poisoning our pets

Because of a few comments from 2017, I wrote the following believing the article was a recent post. I'm sure Lucy is long gone now, but I'm still posting my comment in case it's helpful to others who might come across it years later, like I did.

I'm so sorry that your little dog suffered so much (and that you experienced such anxiety) from your neighbors' use of the pesticide. My husband and I have two little girls of our own whom we couldn't possibly love more than we do. These precious little beings, who are alone among living creatures in that they love their people more than they love themselves, give us such joy. I can imagine how agonizing this was for you. And it sounds as if you're extremely fortunate that your little one pulled through. I found your article while seeking to verify something I believed to be correct regarding another toxin which has a relatively low risk to dogs, but a much higher one for cats. I had just read an article about using the pesticide pyrethrin in order to kill gnats. The author stated that the toxin poses no risk to pets, and I felt compelled to let the author know of the potential danger, especially since the writer asks for corrections. I feel sure that he wouldn't want to cause harm to a pet. I'm with you in avoiding the use of chemicals as often as possible because they can be so dangerous. Anyway, I appreciate your post, and am so relieved there was a happy ending to your story. As a side note, our older dog is nearly 15 and tore her ACL a few years ago. I didn't want to resort to surgery for her because I was scared to have her put under general anesthesia. We decided on a route involving a combination of rest and the administration of a supplement of glucosamine and chondroitin. It was a long road back to full health for her, but she did very well. Ever since, we've continued giving both of our pups, Simi and Elphie, a supplement which also has other beneficial ingredients, such as omega 3 and 6, probiotics, various vitamins and minerals, etc. We started out with the Missing Link version geared towards joint health, but (because of availability issues down the road) we have since switched to GNC's Superfood Complex Plus Joint Health (sold at PetSmart). I loved Missing Link, but the GNC product is more comprehensive, whereas ML's various offerings are much more limited in their focus (one's for joint health, another's for skin and coat, etc.). You might not have a need for this or you might already treat Lucy's mild arthritis, but I wanted to pass along the info in case it could help Lucy or another reader's pet.

I was about to post my comment, but decided to read the other comments. Some are truly obnoxious and pretty rude. #1. As Sue pointed out, Seven dust's active ingredient is carbaryl, a carbamate. Some national and international health organizations have reported that it can be dangerous to pets (the extent to which is unknown due to insufficient data), but poses a definite risk to children. This has been verified through extensive research. As of 2010, the EPA mandated that carbamates could no longer be included in new flea and tick formulations. If it were entirely safe, this wouldn't have happened. The EPA and the UK's equivalent organization have said the chemical is likely carcinogenic. In Great Britain, only professionals can legally use it. While I agree that Lucy shouldn't have had the opportunity to wander into the neighbors' yard, that doesn't diminish the fact that the pesticide can harm pets and children, at the very least. And the cancer risk is just one among many, including death. I never leave my dogs outside unattended. They're under my husband's or my supervision at all time. I live in Georgia where there are many, many dangers outside. There are no pesticides in our yard, but there often are plenty of snakes, sometimes venomous ones. If one of them was bitten by one without our seeing it, we'd have no idea what happened or especially what antivenin would be needed. That's just one of the reasons we're so protective. My husband and dogs were mere inches from stepping on a copperhead one evening 2 weeks ago (my husband's foot was in the air just inches above it. But there's an unlimited number of hazards outside, especially during the summer. Regardless of Sue's mistake in letting Lucy wander into the neighbors' garden, it's apparent that she's a good and loving pet owner. She sought medical care and did research to figure out what caused the illness. Her diligence saved Lucy's life. And I feel sure that she'll ensure nothing like this will ever happen again. #2. Just because some of you have used Sevin dust on or in the vicinity of pet play areas, that doesn't mean it's guaranteed safe for someone else's pet. Saying such a thing is irresponsible of proponents of Sevin. Like people, different dogs can be affected differently. It's better to be safe than sorry. According to legitimate studies, there's no denying that carbamates can cause health issues in some animals and humans. I love my dogs and choose to leave nothing to chance where their safety is concerned. Their little lives matter far too much to me, and I want them to be part of our family as long as is possible. Some view pets differently, I suppose. That's a shame. Furthermore, Carbaryl can be ingested, absorbed through the skin and inhaled. And it's supposed to be toxic only in higher quantities, but what constitutes a risky level in animals who generally weigh far less than adult humans? And it's possible that a curious dog could eat, breathe AND absorb through the skin this chemical compound. Besides, as Mark Cram mentioned, there are safer alternatives, such as diatomaceous earth. I also thought Cassie Hughes gave some good information. I've never used it, but I've heard good things, as far as its function as a flea preventative, about a product called Springtime Bug Off. The active ingredient is garlic powder. While fresh garlic can sometimes cause problems in some dogs, garlic powder has been found to be safe for them. I suppose fleas are a bit like vampires when it comes to avoiding garlic.

I do agree that special care must be taken when you have pit bulls. I absolutely love the breed, but not everyone does. I've heard some horror stories about evil cretins killing pit bulls or other breeds that frighten ignorant jackasses, not because of anything the dog has ever done, but because of an undeserved reputation resulting from the actions of a few. A couple of years ago, a neighbor poisoned the outside water bowl of our friend's dog, a beautiful, sweet 8 month old Rottweiler. The dog was never unsupervised, and our friend, who is just in his mid 20s, didn't realize that he shouldn't trust that no one had bothered his puppy's water or that his neighbor wasn't a demon who would kill his sweet, innocent dog. It still makes me so sad to think about it.

Some of you need a lesson in diplomacy. It's quite simple to avoid rudeness or hostility when disagreeing with someone or voicing disapproval over how someone cares for a pet. By the attitudes of some of you, you'd think Sue had attacked you personally.

Posted by Marci Sorrell on 05/11/2017 at 3:55 AM

Re: “Friend or Coe?

Is there any way to see it now?

Posted by Kodi Hamilton on 05/04/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Couples Are Unique. Weddings Can Be, Too.

This is the most obnoxious, navel gazing piece about a wedding that I've read in a while. I thought I was reading an Onion article. I love Durham and Indy Week will always be in my news feed for that reason, but this is a mess. Not everyone can afford a three day smorgasbord of craft and hipster everything. The smugness of the quote about guests being jealous of how this couple did their wedding... Essentially, in trying to buck with tradition, this couple became snobbier than a Southern country club bridezilla. (The paper would never have published this drivel with Lisa, JHT, JP and B. Ball.)

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Posted by mv87 on 04/29/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

A friend of mine who has had a rescue and doggie day care/board for years, said she uses Sevin Dust on her property. She says that is how she controls fleas and other pest. She told me to get some, she even gave me the money to get it. My dogs are on flea preventive 90% of the year, but the last few years, it seems to be a come and go, as far as my yard goes and my dogs. Last year, I didn't have much of a problem controlling the fleas. The year before, I could not control them at all. My dogs were infested with them, despite the preventive. Most states had a mild winter, so I figured they may be more of a problem. But it seemed to just developed over the weekend. My dogs were miserable. No one slept in my house this past Monday night, April 17th. So I called my friend. She said to being them out when I got off work and we'd bath them and she'd give them each a Capstar to help to start getting rid of them. Then she said she used the Seresta collars on her dogs, in rescue and personal dogs and she used Sevin dust on her property. She said it was safe. Over the years, several people have made the same recommendation. But I have yet to use it. My dogs are my kids and the only family I have. The three are seniors, 10 and 12 years old. I'd hate to lose either of them because of difference of opinion on the use of Sevin Dust in my yard. I lost a German Shepherd mix to cancer and bloat 3 years ago. I'm ready to lose one of mine I have. So where would be the best place to go for the truth about Sevin Dust. I remember my uncles using it on their crops, corn, tobacco when I was a kid. But that was a whole lot of years ago.

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Posted by Barbara Duke on 04/19/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “How Weather, Chance, and War Brought Twenty Thousand Persecuted Vietnamese to North Carolina

Truly the work of our Gracious God. Those poor people. I can't imagine suffering like that. So blessed for good people to help them out. Would love to be a part of that. I will be praying for everyone in that country. I don't understand hatred and never will. Praise God for sending them help. When I feel sorry for myself I need to remember how blessed I truly am to live in a country where I can praise God freely. Some people don't believe and will make their comments but I don't have to worry about being jailed for my beliefs. I need to not forget that people are killed for their beliefs . Thank you Lord Jesus for helping them.

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Posted by danie on 04/17/2017 at 11:20 PM

Re: “How Weather, Chance, and War Brought Twenty Thousand Persecuted Vietnamese to North Carolina

I think that is so wonderful helping those poor people. I can't imagine the suffering they went through. Truly a work of our Gracious God.

Posted by danie on 04/17/2017 at 11:12 PM

Re: “The Story of North Carolina Is the Story of Immigrants

Someone growing up in NC would almost have to make a specific to avoid a second-generation immigrant. I grew up here in the '50s and '60s and even then knew plenty of immigrants and immigrants children. Maybe your friend had on blinders, Margarets.

Posted by joemoody on 03/27/2017 at 10:43 PM

Re: “The Story of North Carolina Is the Story of Immigrants

There's still a lot of homogeneity in NC. I'm proudly second-generation. Recently, someone (a grad student at NCSU) told me that she had never met anyone whose parents were born in another country. Sadly provincial.

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Posted by margaretS on 03/25/2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “You Are Welcome Here

"The Immigration Issue" begins with "You Are All Welcome Here", printed in 7 different languages, setting the tone for an informative, well-coordinated series of well-written essays! The next page gives us the Emma Lazarus sonnet that is engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty, those purely patriotic American words, welcoming "your tired, your poor, your huddled masses" to the American Dream. All of us need to read and recite those quintessentially American and undeniably religious words. We need to take the extra time to reflect on the beauty, the color, the music, the culture, the ideas - all of the magical differences that we gain...this opportunity to blend our ethnic diversities into the richest culture on earth.

And I appreciated your Amanda Abrams piece "Blessed Are the Merciful", which makes it clear that Christians have a role to play in this drama. Surely they cannot ignore the New Testament words of Jesus Christ, who was very crystal clear in demanding support for the poor and strangers in our communities. There can be no doubt on what Jesus would expect of them in this contemporary immigration situation.

In subsequent pages, Jeffrey Billman layed out beautiful infographics to amaze us with numbers: 794,700 (almost a million!) foreign born residents of North Carolina, 294,500 of them undocumented. And what a wonderful diaspora of ethnic diversity, woven into our social, linguistic, cultural, and economic fabric: 426,055 Latin Americans, 210,136 Asians, 87,866 Europeans, 47,503 new Africans, and dozens more smaller groups.

Sarah Willets "The Waiting" told the story of a pregnant immigrant Raleigh mother and her encounters with ICE and other heartwrenching stories of families torn apart by the ICE agents, husband from wife, brother from sister, mother from child, scenarios that are now occurring with alarming regularity under executive orders from a hate-crazed, xenophobic Trump administration.

Thomas Goldsmith's "In the Shadows" described the low-key efforts of North Carolina cities to avoid giving help to the ICE agents as they swarm through our communities with no sense of responsibility for the trail of family and personal tragedies that they create everywhere they go. And sadly, ICE enjoys the help and support of Wake County sherriff Donny Harrison.

Thanks to Sarah Willetts for her chart on how immigrants can avoid ICE, how to react when they find themselves in ICE custody, and about the relative safety of school properties.

Ken Fine provided an uplifting interview with US Representative G.K. Butterfield, who showed a wise and warm compassion for the immigrants among us, and an appreciation for the benefits that we all gain from the ethnic diversity they bring into our communities. And he explained, for those who need to measure consequences in dollars and cents, that our state's economy is very dependent upon these immigrant workers.

I really enjoyed Erica Hellerstein's essay "The Mountain People" about the 20,000 Vietnamese Montagnards who have found a home in Raleigh. I've had the personal pleasure of meeting many of these gentle, soft-spoken people.

Ken Fine comes back for "Strangers In a Strange Land", explaining the pressures that are placed upon our new immigrants, who must work with only 3 initial months of assistance, learn as much English as possible from their ESL instructors, and then quickly find some kind of niche in the local economy.

Nijah McKinney adds "How To Help", an introduction to local non-profits that can help. This article was very useful in getting me started to toward donating and volunteering.

And finally, a special treat: a poster in the centerfold of this Indy issue: a "Raleigh Welcomes You" Poster, repeating those words in 17 different languages. I taped it carefully to the front window until I can score a larger lawn poster to let immigrants in my neighborhood know that I care so very much about them!

Indy, this was your best issue ever! The staff writers each contributed a gem to the collection, and the sum is greater than its parts. The issue was full of useful information. And I hope that we will find many follow-up stories coming, in order to keep our knowledge current, and keep close tract of friends and villians in this fluid situation, in which this unprecedented wave of hate and ignorance is being visited upon our communities right now.

And in conclusion, here are 3 thought-provoking essays from the New York Times, that illucidate some of the damage that Trump's xenophobic rage is causing in America:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/opinion/george-soros-when-hate-surges.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/25/opinion/the-costs-of-mr-trumps-dragnet.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/opinion/president-trumps-reckless-shame-
game.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

by John Bertke, commenting on the Indy Week 3/22/2017 issue dedicated to a multi-article feature entitled "American Dreamers, A Special Immigration Issue".

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Posted by John Paul Bertke on 03/25/2017 at 4:00 AM

Re: “You Are Welcome Here

Interesting that you ran your opening item in the paper in several languages but not here. Unfortunately, you got at least one language backwards:

.siht ekil skool noisrev werbeH ehT

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Posted by mike (270514) on 03/24/2017 at 12:19 AM

Re: “G.K. Butterfield on Resisting Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants and Refugees

The Liberal Case AGAINST Illegal Immigration:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/25/the-liberal-case-against-illegal-immigration.html

This is the Progressive Case AGAINST Illegal Immigration:

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/01/the_1_percents_immigration_con_how_big_business_adds_to_income_inequality_pits_workers_against_each_other/

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/03/27/notes-on-immigration/
The Conscience Of A Liberal--Paul Krugman

"First, the benefits of immigration to the population already here are small.
" But as Mr. Hanson explains in his paper, reasonable calculations suggest that were talking about very small numbers, perhaps as little as 0.1 percent of GDP.

"My second negative point is that immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants. Thats just supply and demand...

"Finally, the fiscal burden of low-wage immigrants is also pretty clear. "

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990DEFDC1430F934A15750C0A9609C8B63

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/immigrants-different-audacity-hope/2014/11/17/id/607937/
Report: Obama's Book Says Illegals Can Hurt Americans

http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2014/11/didnt-anyone-in-the-hispanic-media-read-obamas-book-2936030.html
Didnt anyone in the Hispanic media read Obamas book? Or listen to when he speaks?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idvRtDDPl_4
Barack Obama in his own words from "The Audacity of Hope"
- Illegal Immigration hurts Black Americans and Blue Collared Workers

Video Not Working? I wonder why?!? Here's an Audio Link:
http://dailycaller.com/2014/11/16/shock-flashback-obama-says-illegal-immigration-hurts-blue-collar-americans-strains-welfare-video/

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Posted by Lou DeLucia on 03/23/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “G.K. Butterfield on Resisting Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants and Refugees

http://www.trentonian.com/20160301/neese-immigration-unmentionables

Gives one pause:

"There he goes again, the blabbermouth nativist, Donald Trump, the wall-building xenophobe.

We have a massive poverty population coming into our country virtually every day from Mexico, whines the guy who vows to build a beautiful wall along the southern border.

Oops. Beg your pardon. Misread our notes. Those actually were the words of Walter Mondale, Democratic senator, Vice President, presidential candidate, Minnesota progressive, speaking in the early 1970s."

And, so on.....

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Posted by Lou DeLucia on 03/23/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “G.K. Butterfield on Resisting Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants and Refugees

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/07/the-problem-with-downplaying-immigrant-crime/399905/
The Problem With Downplaying Immigrant Crime

http://www.gao.gov/assets/320/316959.pdf
CRIMINAL ALIEN STATISTICS
Information on Incarcerations, Arrests, and Costs

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/06/04/criminal-immigrants-reoffend-higher-rates-than-ice-has-suggested/l0OpCWfTdCuTNLIAfxApAO/story.html
Criminal immigrants reoffend at higher rates than ICE has suggested

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Posted by Lou DeLucia on 03/23/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “G.K. Butterfield on Resisting Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants and Refugees

Is this what to expect from DREAMers?:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sdut-ruben-navarrette-one-dreamers-missed-lesson-2015jun24-story.html

Ruben Navarrette: One Dreamers missed lesson in good character

Obama administration has admitted that Sanctuary Cities are a problem:

http://culberson.house.gov/uploadedfiles/doj_february_23_letter.pdf

But, within the above letter, doesn't really address what the Obama administration will actually do about it to protect US Citizens:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/300504684/What-Did-DOJ-Really-Promise-on-Sanctuary-Cities

tp://www.msnbc.com/andrea-mitchell-reports/watch/backlash-grows-over-trump-s-immigration-plan-507691587765

"The former ambassador stated, If you were to deport the 30 million undocumented immigrants in the United States thats going to cost you about 130 billion dollars.

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Posted by Lou DeLucia on 03/23/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “G.K. Butterfield on Resisting Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants and Refugees

An Atlantic Monthly article that shows that most economists' thinking that an increased influx of immigrants provides more jobs for Americans is FALSE and does harm jobs for US workers and the economy:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/01/does-immigration-harm-working-americans/384060/

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990DEFDC1430F934A15750C0A9609C8B63

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/03/27/notes-on-immigration/
The Conscience Of A Liberal--Paul Krugman

"First, the benefits of immigration to the population already here are small."
" But as Mr. Hanson explains in his paper, reasonable calculations suggest that were talking about very small numbers, perhaps as little as 0.1 percent of GDP.

"My second negative point is that immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants. Thats just supply and demand...

"Finally, the fiscal burden of low-wage immigrants is also pretty clear. "

Also, it is patently untrue that "immigrants" are the solution to low rate of start-ups:

http://smallbiztrends.com/2015/01/immigration-reform-declining-start-rate.html

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Posted by Lou DeLucia on 03/23/2017 at 7:24 PM

Re: “A Half-Century Ago, Gail Phares Went to Nicaragua. She Came Back a Radical.

Gail inspires me ...from the first time I heard her story over 20 years ago to just a month ago when I made my first trip to Nicaragua and she shared it yet one more time. Thank you for highlighting her life's work...we should all try to do something to make our Earth safe for all of God's children!!

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Posted by nmartí on 03/23/2017 at 7:04 PM

Re: “How Undocumented Immigrants Can Avoid ICE

Its a darn shame that some people are so liberal that they have lost their common sense. Did you people really espouse, in print, methods by which illegal aliens can avoid federal law enforcement, for the choice that they freely made, to come to the US illegally? Your citizenship should be revoked. Stop and think about what you are doing.............Any other laws you want to give advise on HOW TO BREAK???

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Posted by Baron Gil on 03/23/2017 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Will America Ever Become the Mother of Exiles?

Just touched on lightly is Illegal Immigration. Most Immigration into the US has been LEGAL Immigration.

Also, ever since Reagan, enforcement has been the problem. Our Immigration Code has not been strictly enforced especially after the last eight years under Obama.

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Posted by Lou DeLucia on 03/23/2017 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Local Nonprofits Serving Immigrants and Refugees

We are another non-profit in the Triangle serving over 200 refugee and immigrants every year since 2008!

The Art Therapy Institute: ncati.org

Posted by Hillary Rubesin on 03/23/2017 at 11:42 AM

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