Shelter wants shoes

Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) is asking people to donate their gently used shoes (not ripped/damaged) to FOTAS, as FOTAS has partnered with another nonprofit, Funds2Org, to collect shoes that will benefit the animals housed at Jackson County Animal Services.

Shoe donations brought to Animal Services at 5595 S. Pacific Highway (Hwy 99) in Phoenix will be passed to Funds2Org for refurbishing and packaging by micro-enterprises around the world. If the goal of collecting approximately 7,500 pairs of shoes is met, FOTAS could receive up to $3,000! A donation bin is set up to collect these shoes in the shelter’s lobby, which is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

There’s a compounding effect of goodness when making a donation to one local organization can have a positive impact on the lives of other people around the world, and I hope people in our community will “take a load off their feet” and clean out their shoe closets and donate their shoes soon.

Claire Krulikowski

Talent

The cost of corruption

Governments exist to benefit the common good and to do things that individuals cannot do by themselves. Governments become corrupted when they are used to further individual or private interests. One example of how that corruption works is when elected officials vote to help their big “donors” instead of their constituents.

Case in point: Rep. Greg Walden was given large sums of money by the health insurance industry and consequently authored and voted for a bill that benefited that industry — at our expense. (Less coverage for more money). And because we know Walden has also accepted large “donations” from the communications industry, it is not surprising to learn that once again he favors that industry at the expense of his constituents — by killing net neutrality.

Walden exemplifies how the corruption works; how bribery undermines our government and the common good. We cannot afford his kind of corruption any longer as it is detrimental to our entire nation: our health, our education, our infrastructure, our public lands, our transition to clean energy, our water and air, our ability to obtain factual information on the Internet and a habitable planet for our grandchildren. The cost of corruption is high.

Lee Lull

Talent