YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Unhappy with the shape of railroad crossing

To the editor:

The railroad crossing on South Lincoln is in terrible shape and there is no apparent action taken by either Perry Township trustees or the mayor’s office of Salem.

I have talked to officials of both entities and they either point fingers (Salem) or give excuses (Perry Township).

Perry says it is futile to contact the railroad and Salem is probably pleased it isn’t their responsibility. If the railroad does indeed have the responsibility to maintain the approaches to the rail crossing then both the city and the township have an obligation to push the rail ownership to fix it.

Unless someone complains, loud and clear, about a major problem in the making, no one in ownership will react to it.

I wonder if anyone in local government has even attempted to make contact with the railroad. Makes you wonder doesn’t it, while we damage our vehicles? Someone do something!

JOHN F. REID,

Salem

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Reminder to spare pets trauma from fireworks

To the editor:

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind our friends and customers that some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks.

Phantom Fireworks asks that you please be mindful of the following:

— Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays.

— Turn on the TV or radio and air conditioning to help mask the noise of the fireworks. Keep pets in a soothing, dark room with light jazz or classical music playing. The idea is to muffle the fireworks noise with something soothing. Close draperies to help soundproof the residence.

— Many suggest walking or exercising the pet prior to the fireworks in an effort to tire out the pet in the hopes the pet will sleep through the fireworks.

— Be home or have someone at home indoors with the pet to offer encouragement and support for the pet.

— Close all windows and doors and block pet doors to prevent.

— You could try distracting the pet as soon as the fireworks begin by involving the pet in something enjoyable like “fetch.”

— Prepare a safe area where the pet can “burrow in” to feel safe. Maybe some blankets under a bed or a blanket draped over a small table. Play a radio near that area. Feeding the pet in the area will help the pet associate the area with other good things.

— Do not take your animal to a fireworks show or let the pet outdoors while fireworks are being used.

— You might consider consulting with your veterinarian several weeks before fireworks season. Some pets may require sedation. The veterinarian could suggest some behavior modification techniques.

Many of these suggestions have come from Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.; Blue Cross for Pets (UK); Pet MD; Humane Society of U.S.; and the Telegraph (UK).

WILLIAM A. WEIMER,

Youngstown,

Vice president,

Phantom Fireworks

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