NICOLE CORLEY, DECATUR
Seized money should go into general fund
I’ve followed the AJC’s recent news coverage about metro district attorneys’ alleged misuse of drug seizure/forfeiture funds.
I’m reminded of an old adage about governing: Dedicated revenue always leads to problems. In my view, with limited exceptions like the Georgia Lottery and the University of Georgia Athletic Association, state money collected from taxes, fees, fines and seizures should go into the general fund.
ALLEN B. GOODWIN, ROSWELL
Please refrain from misusing God’s name
Now that we are getting the ugly “n” word under control and forbidden in our vocabularies — and rightfully so — may we address another issue?
As a Christian, I am terribly offended by the everyday usage on TV and by the public of the phrases “OMG,” “For God’s sake” and “For Christ’s sake.” The Third Commandment states we shall not take the name of the Lord in vain. Why are we not compelled to obey God’s word?
Even the comics use these phrases. That’s not humorous to a Christian.
M.M. FOWLER, SNELLVILLE
Heat alert systems can save police dogs’ lives
According to “Police dog found dead in handler’s car,” Metro, June 20, a Woodstock police dog died of heat stroke after being left in a patrol car. Unfortunately, police dog heat stroke deaths happen dozens of times throughout the year. Many more civilian pets, when left unattended, also suffer this fate.
In this age of technology, there is no excuse for these animal injuries and deaths. There are plenty of inexpensive heat alert systems available to protect these animals. An alert system is a small investment to make to help keep these animals alive, which the taxpayer has spent many thousands of dollars to train.
In some civilian animal cruelty cases, individuals can be sentenced to fines and even months in jail. Perhaps it is time to hold police officials to that same accountability.
J.A. JERNIGAN, ATLANTA