With regard to your story last week, "Candidates Clash, Sarahan Drops Out" (Street Talk, March 15), I first want to say thank you for your fair and balanced coverage. There are clearly two viewpoints in the situation, and you did a good job presenting both.
From my perspective, there is one thing I wish I had done or said differently. I wish I had left out any mention of [School Board member] Carol Wolf's son. I should just have said that I feel Carol puts out bold statements from her side (e.g., comparing Mayor Wilder to George Wallace) and then puts up inappropriate and unfair defensive shields. That was essentially the situation I was put in at the School Board meeting. I feel I was made to appear to be the "bad man" simply because I criticized Carol in a civil but very direct manner.
I could have expressed my feelings better for purposes of your article, though. Thinking of my own son and how I would want him treated, I should have. I apologize to Carol, to her son and to your readers.
To address the kind of situation I encountered at the meeting, I suggest that the School Board chairman respond by calling a recess and making appropriate arrangements for the care of any child who becomes upset for any reason. I've seen this happen in court and in church. It's the nice thing to do.
SPCA's Save Rate Is High
"Richmond's Other Death Rate" (News & Features, March 8) requires correction and clarification regarding the Richmond SPCA Robins-Starr Humane Center. The Richmond SPCA's save rate is 99.5 percent and the only pets euthanized are those who are too sick or too injured to ever recover or those who are vicious, constituting less than 1 percent of our total annual pet population in 2005. As one of the largest and most progressive no-kill humane societies in the country, we are committed to saving the lives of orphaned pets in our community and work diligently every day to reduce the number of homeless animals through adoption, rehabilitation, spay/neuter and education.
Tamsen Heckel Kingry Director of Development Richmond SPCA
In a caption for a photo in the March Home Style ("Trappings to Close," March 1), we transposed the names of the owners. It should have read, from left, Laura Strickler, Patrick Strickler and Anne Marie Elles.
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