The Sept.11 editorial, Solutions — not gimmicks, was about the Pets’ Trust recall and the “gimmick” of pulling the unfortunate commissioner’s name out of a hat. The Pets’ Trust would like to mention another “gimmick” in American history: the Boston Tea Party.
On Dec. 16, 1773, after Boston’s commissioners refused to return shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, colonists dressed as Mohawk Indians destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. Talk about a gimmick!
John Adams, our second president, had this to say about that gimmick the next morning: “The people should never rise, without doing something to be remembered — something notable and striking.”
The execution of the “draw the name out of the hat” was not perfect, and our “gimmick” is not on the stature of the Boston Tea Party, but we do know that it sparked a community-wide discussion of an issue far broader than the hat. It is about our democracy and the will of the people. Nearly 500,000 people voted for a $19-million plan to save animals, and their votes were thrown into the sea.
Our leaders need to understand that there are consequences when they disregard the will of the people.
The Herald might not agree with the recall, but it is our right as a people, when a crime against democracy has been committed. We will not apologize for expressing dismay in our government leaders.
The editorial notes that Mayor Carlos Gimenez first backed the plan, but upon “seeing the public reaction, retreated.” What “public reaction” was there besides the people who voted for it? He has yet to identify the members of the public who objected so loudly that their voices drowned out the hundreds of thousands who voted. These people who objected were not at any of the public meetings.
The Herald asked for solutions. Hundreds of volunteers spent months creating and publicizing the solution: the Pets’ Trust Plan to save animals. The public supported it. Mission accomplished.
On behalf of every animal that will be killed because our leaders did not listen, we urge Miami-Dade residents to call the mayor’s office at 305-375-1880. Tell him to honor our vote and fund the Pets’ Trust.
and Rita Schwartz, Pets’ Voice Miami