I have often disagreed with other Herald letters, often those by Mike McLeod. But his recent letter about supporting local animal welfare causes was right on the money, and I agree wholeheartedly with him.
We never know if a politician will keep promises made during a campaign. But giving to local animal groups, we can see the very real good we do. I never met an ungrateful dog or cat.
I might even extend Mike's remarks and suggest that you act locally with other causes whenever you can.
Eating at local restaurants instead of chains keeps the money in our community, not sending it off to corporate headquarters so that their CEO can make an obscene salary while whining about the possibility of giving its employees a living wage.
Giving to the local food bank has an impact on your friends and neighbors that you can see. If you support environmental causes, there are plenty of them in Manatee County.
I am not advocating that everyone give up political contributions entirely, or their annual donation to CARE. But sometimes money circulated locally gets more bang for the buck.
Mike, it's wonderful you have been so active in a worthy cause that you believe in -- not just with money but with actions. We should all follow that example.