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September 21, 2011

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Page 4 Protect from destruction Once again as in a B- Movie Script, right thinking citizens arose and de- fended their town. Honest people don't think of stuffing the ballot box with anything but honest votes. Only wrong thinking minds think foul thoughts. Evil is as evil does. Then those same citizens gathered together, in harmo- ny, to honor the memory of the vicious attack on the twin towers even though that site is far from here. We all feel the pain of that day and of the lives still being lost and injured protect- ing us from the evil plans of those still dedicated to our destruction. May The United States of America and the Town of Quartzsite be pro- tected from any further attempts at destruction. Elmer F. London Quartzsite Uphill battle My husband and I are fairly new residents and business owners here in Quartzsite. We have observed the good, bad and the ugly here and realize that there are a number of view points on different issues here in town. We are excited to make Quartzsite home and work on establishing our business here. I was told that I should stop down to the Quartzsite Business Chamber as "THE PEOPLE'S VOICE" Letters to Editor Policy Desert Messenger encourages letters from its readers. Letters should be no longer than 300 words, and may be edited for grammar, content and length. OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE DO NOT NECESSAR- ILY REPRESENT THOSE OF THE DESERT MESSENGER. We invite you to not only see a problem, but THE PEOPLE'S VOICE this was the place to promote our busi- ness in this town. When I was in there I observed a Jennifer Jones talking with a woman that they refer to as "C". The subject of the conversation was the Town of Quartzsite and the Town Council. I was very disturbed by the nature and energy of this conversation as it was obvious that they could find nothing positive to say . I left there feeling that this would be the last place I would want my business promoted based on the attitude dis- played. I stopped by another business in Town that I frequent and shared this story with them. They seemed sur- prised because they had been told that the Business Chamber takes a position of neutrality. If what I heard was a neu- tral position, there is no question that business owners in this town are facing an up hill battle. I think that it is time that the business' in this town unite to support this town. I have serious doubts that the Business Chamber is the venue to use and am wondering where we go from here. Thank you, Denise Welch Being positive is exhausting I found your Sept. 7th editorial as well as the "NICE" ad to be relevant. I am not a Quartzsite resident, but live in a smaller town nearby. Hopefully, not for much longer. What I have endured here is especially puzzling because I am essentially a nice person, and have giv- en anyone here little reason to hate me. Ever since I arrived here, I have gone out of my way to try to be nice to people here and get along with them. They, in turn, for no seemingly valid search for the solution to share with the com- munity, keeping the benefit of all in mind. Letters considered libelous, in poor taste, on a personal issue, mean spirited or dominated by Scripture quotes will not be published. Third party letters will not be accepted. To avoid confusion over people with com- mon or similar names, writers must provide a full name and indicate the name they are known by. Writers must provide a full street address and phone number. Rvers can provide the location of park/BLM land, etc. Street addresses will not be published. Phone numbers are for verification only and will not be printed. Mail letters to: The People's Voice, Desert Messenger, P.O. Box 3185, Quartzsite, AZ 85359 or E-mail to: 541-218-2560 reason, have gone out of their way to hate me. I have endured an enormous, unwar- ranted amount of hate and fear, which is why your editorial resonated with me. As far as the criteria for a healthy com- munity is concerned, this town seems to be incredibly unhealthy, toxic. Deadline for Oct. 5th issue of the Desert Messenger is WED. Sept. 28 Email: Phone: 541-218-2560 Perhaps this is because, according to a longtime resident, this town is a Mec- ca for alcoholics. She said that five out of six people here are alcoholics. From what I have witnessed, most of them spend their lives doing nothing but drinking all day in the local bars, while gossiping and spreading slander. They rarely smile, never have any- thing nice to say about each other, and seem to be constantly angry. And I seem to be a convenient scapegoat for the receiving end of their anger. For the past year, I have been endur- ing endless hate, as well as grappling with fear. You have said that every negative experience contains the seed of transformation, but I am having a hard time, at this point, understanding how any of this has benefited me. I am so exhausted from dealing with these people that I can barely function. You may say that going through this type of situation without succumbing one's self, by sinking into the same hatred is positive. However, to live with this de- gree of negativity, no matter how much one may try to maintain a positive at- titude can become exhausting. How can a person find a middle ground or compromise or get along with people who quite obviously have absolutely no interest in getting along? At this point, it seems I have no choice other than to leave, because this is never going to stop. It only keeps getting worse. And while some may say this means I'm letting them win, why would I want to continue to live in this situation? It's a shame, because I'm actually a good person who would probably never think of doing any other things they've done to me. It's a marvelous example of duality, but I'm at a loss to find the "gray". Or to understand what consti- tutes the seed of transformation, be- cause none of these people seem to be interested in healing the situation. I've tried for a year. Name withheld to protect identity [Editor's note: The orginal letter is over 1,000 words, and has been edited for publication. For the full letter visit] Grateful for Patty Patton I have been hearing some negative things about the local animal shelter and its operator, Patty Patton. I just have to say that she is a very caring person and puts all her heart into caring for the ani- mals and finding them proper homes. If October 5, 2011 an animal is overly aggressive to people or other animals, and if she allows the animal to be placed in a home, and this animal severely injures a person or another dog, she has just opened up herself to a lawsuit. I have a newly certified Service Dog. I have taken her into hospitals, doctors' offices, and even to the Prescott Rodeo Parade with literally hundreds of dogs and thousands of people. My dog per- formed like an old pro and she was just certified in June by Patty. I have been complemented in doctors' offices, den- tists' offices, grocery stores, and other locations because my dog listens and remains on the last command given, unless I am having trouble, and after she alerts me, she returns to the last command given. She was nearly killed a month ago by a Shar-Pei/Pit Bull mix, and a Pit Bull viciously attacked her. Thankfully, the phenomenal out-of-town veterinarian was able to save her life. Had these vi- cious dogs been properly contained or trained, my dog would have been unin- jured. Patty would never have allowed these dogs to be placed into a home for this very reason. I trust Patty's judgment. I am so grate- ful for her help with my dog and can't say enough good things about her skills as a dog trainer. I feel our shelter was so lucky to have her, and the community is fortunate to have such a skilled trainer in our area. Hope Behrendt, Quartzsite closed…What do we do now? The an- swer is: we do not know. The shelter provided immunization and cat/dog altering services at a reduced cost to the community. Additionally the shelter provided temporary housing for the animals until the original owners could be located or a permanent home could be found for unwanted, abandoned, and abused animals. In total, one hundred eighty animals passed through the shel- ter over an eighteen month period. We, the community, must try to un- Future of animal shelter The Paw Power Animal Shelter is derstand the need for and the demands of animal management in order to define the proper answer to this impor- tant question. Please join civic leaders, community leader and current shelter management personnel in a discussion workshop directed towards developing an answer to: What do we do now? The worksession will occur on Friday, September 23rd at 10:00am in the Town Hall. Please plan to attend this important event. Roger Williams Willpower, Inc

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