Love of animals is like a gun; in the wrong hands it can do plenty of damage. The trap, neuter, release program that led to the stranded cat on the cold tin roof is the "Saturday night special" of some animal advocacy groups.

In the name of caring, these groups perpetuate an unnatural situation; the domestic animal that has taken to the wild. Other than cats, the word feral is almost exclusively paired with hogs. Any avid television viewer has run across reality shows based on the eradication of these hogs because of the problems they cause.

In Charleston we have programs dedicated to rescuing our feral species and putting them right back into the environment. The fact that they are spayed or neutered doesn't diminish the damage they inflict on the wild bird population. The fact they are vaccinated doesn't extend the two to three years a rabies shot must be given to maintain effectiveness.

My vet vaccinates my domestic cat on an annual basis. Must the same feral cats be caught over and over? Have you ever been close to a feral cat? Not sort of, but really close? They are not the cuddly creatures you may be familiar with.

I've spent most of my life around many kinds of animals and nothing surprised me like a feral cat did. Placid to psychotic in an instant.

Ask the spectators of the Dec. 26 event what was described as "kicking and fussing" looked like to them. Probably nothing you would want in your life.

Finally, I don't believe this method of solving the feral cat problem will ever work simply because enough cats will escape the net to ensure the continuation and growth of their population.

If you are truly an animal lover, there is very little bang for your buck here.

Tom Doyle

Palmetto Carriage Works

Guignard Street


What a great article by Andrew Knapp, "Haley's post on pistol stirs debate" in the Dec. 27 Post and Courier. I moved here from California in 2009. As a retired law enforcer, I wanted to get my concealed weapons permit in South Carolina so I could use my Second Amendment right to bear arms. The beautiful thing about our wonderful state is that we can carry concealed weapons.

Who cares that the governor got a gun for Christmas? I wish I had gotten one.

If people are offended because of how Gov. Nikki Haley posted to social media the best gift Capt. Haley could have given his wife, then they don't have to comment.

People may also be shocked to know that the nice thing about people in this state having the right to carry concealed weapons is that you never know who might be carrying a gun.

The murders that are committed with a firearm are usually always by bad guys who do not register their guns, who do not have concealed weapons permits (not only do they cost money, but you have to sit through eight straight hours of grueling teaching before you can apply for one, and you have to be responsible.) They are usually bad people. They're the ones I used to arrest and take to jail. Common sense goes a long way here.

I'm proud to call South Carolina my home, I love that the governor not only knows how to use a weapon, but is proficient in using them.

As for why the governor needs a firearm? How about because she has a constitutional right to carry one and so that she can defend herself.

Monica Murgatroyd

Iroquois Street

North Charleston

This letter reminds me of Christmas. All the wonderful gifts under the tree on Christmas morning.

Enjoy the moment - then February rolls around and the credit card bills come due. Now how are we going to pay for all these wonderful gifts?

Going forward, how are we going to pay for Obamacare?

Charlie Caraviello

Rice Hollow Court