Tuesday, August 30, 2016     Volume: 17, Issue: 25
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Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

Into the wild: Armed with little more than a catchpole and a leash, animal services officers strive to maintain a balance between humans, pets, and wildlife

In a popular cartoon, a dog catcher clumsily grabs a net from his truck and bumbles after a wily dog, his face grimacing, his teeth grinding as he chases his prey. Somehow this stereotype has made its way into our consciousness, so when we see an animal control officer (that’s their official title) approach our doorstep, that image of the mean ol' dog catcher might come to mind.  However, the truth about their job is much different than the stereotype portrays.  Most of the officers at the Santa Barbara County... [ Read Article ]

 

Santa Maria Sun / Opinion

Commentary

Violent cycle

Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate but unequal.” No, this is not a recent statement. One year after the 1967 riots, then President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission, which issued a report including these memorable words. It is sad to note that the statement is as accurate today as it was almost half a century ago. The police-related tragedies that happened ... [ Read More ]