Beagle owners for the surprise

For many years, the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries have relied on animal testing.

For cost control, they typically follow a hierarchy of test animal use starting with mice and rats, working their way up to rabbits, monkeys, apes, and even humans.

After:New law expected to reduce cruel testing

The dog of choice is usually a beagle. One of the reasons is that they are so well behaved. That’s not to say in a hoity-toity, Westminster Dog Show way, but that with a beagle you pretty much know what you’re going to get. You are going to get a dog with a laid back demeanor which makes them easy to work with.

After:Columbus Humane welcomes beagles rescued from Envigo’s animal farm

With the closure of the beagle breeding facility in Virginia and the release of 4,000 of them, some have found their way to central Ohio for adoption.

If you are lucky enough to have one, congratulations. If you go to your local shelter and none of these are available, please do not leave empty-handed. You will go home with your new best friend.

After:Franklin County Dog Shelter nearing capacity with over 160 dogs awaiting adoption

But if you do get a beagle be prepared to walk around a lot with them as they love to eat and can get a bit plump without proper exercise which is great for both of you!

Syd Lifshin, Christopher Columbus

Letters to the Editor

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Thanks to those who stopped

I am writing to thank the community of Pickerington and those passing through for their kind consideration. We were in the area for a funeral. Our vehicle was part of a long line of cars going from the funeral home to the cemetery.

"Be kind" chalk drawing.

After:Editorial: Kindness is a movement that must continue

I quickly lost count of how many (oncoming) drivers stopped and stopped as our line of cars passed. It was such a courteous gesture – not required by law, just a good thing to do. I was quite touched by the empathy shown by these pilots.

After:Letter: Respect, empathy must make a comeback

I hope they all see this letter, it’s my only way to thank them.

Kindness Is question and yours was sincerely appreciated.

June Guzzino, Rochester, NY

Labor Day by John Darkow, Columbia Missourian.
Labor Day by John Darkow, Columbia Missourian