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“You must do the thing you think you cannot do”

By lbfgm (Contact)


Published February 15, 2012

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Eleanor Roosevelt said: “You must do the thing you think you cannot do”

 

OHIO House Bill 108,FINALLY passed (the Ohio House)today.
So where's the credit due???
I know where --- to  LIZ and TOM, THAT is where the credit goes for  OHIO  HOUSE BILL 108'S passage late this afternoon.
CREDIT is DUE,primarily to TWO people. Those TWO people are: LIZ RAAB and TOM SIESTO ---PERIOD!!!!
LIZ & TOM, these two people have fought, TIRELESSLY, through their tears for the past YEARS to help us, here in OHIO.
LIZ & TOM are from NYCity. It would make sense to me if, after the murder of  their family member NITRO, they went home to New York and never looked back...but, as we all NOW know, that is NOT LIZ RABB and TOM SIESTO.
 They came back to Ohio to pick up the remains of their beloved family member,NITRO, after  Steve Croley sentenced innocent Nitro to death by starvation in Croley's 'concentration camp for dogs'...here in Ohio, here in Ohio where we STILL lack ADEQUATE laws for the abuse of our companion animals, our pets, our four-legged family members.
 LIZ & TOM came back, came back HERE to YOUNGSTOWN,OHIO seeking SOME justice, some minimal justice for the painful murder of their family member, but, received no justice.
LIZ & TOM returned to New York City, never taking time to grieve, never taking time to rest, but began a campaign to change the laws HERE in OHIO, for OUR companions! NOTHING they could do could ease the pain that they suffer, yet LIZ & TOM have tirelessly worked for YEARS to have a NEW law here, in OHIO.
TODAY House Bill 108 FINALLY passed the Ohio House. It passed NOT due to the work our our, so-called, representatives, but it passed because of LIZ & TOM's work. Not a day has gone by that Liz hasn't called,emailed,and/or posted contacts/addresses for WE-the-PEOPLE of OUR state, to contact. LIZ & TOM found the phone numbers and emails,LIZ & TOM contacted OUR representatives insisting that they listen and act...for LIZ & TOM ???? NO!, for those, here in OUR state, that cannot speak for themselves, and we, who love them !

All too often we've seen RE-ACTIVE elected officials realize that a grass-roots movement is gaining momentum, the re-active elected officials THEN attempt to get IN FRONT of that movement (not unlike what we're seeing today with the fracking/injection wells/hazardous waste issues) and act as if they've been there all along, and in fact LEADING that movement. In the case of , what we hope will be NITRO's LAW,again, please KNOW  that without the tireless effort of New York City Nitro's  LIZ and TOM, nothing would have happened today. LIZ and TOM have organized and executed an amazing campaign for we,the people of Ohio. They've  worked to change Ohio from the heartbreak of it all, to the HEART of it all...... for the protection of OUR companions and, of course, in memory of their dear NITRO.


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1mollylm(16 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

True, every word of it!!!

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2mdsmeck(12 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

So true...And when this bill is finally signed into law, it will be Liz, Tom and their Nitro that broke the ice in Ohio - finally getting this state up to speed with 46 other states in having felony provisions for animal abusers...Nitro will be behind ALL other Laws that we get changed so that a felony will not only apply to kennel owners, manager, and employees, but to ALL animal abusers for major cases of animal abuse, cruelty and neglect - IT Will Always Be NITRO'S LAW!!!

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3kurtw(876 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Listened to your radio show for first time today. Liked what you said about stiffening animal cruelty laws in Ohio- a disgrace the way domestic animals can be legally treated in this state.

Only problem is that if we extend animal cruelty laws too broadly (to include slaughter houses and egg factories), what happens to our eating habits? The thick char-broiled steak and eggs sunny side up- may become a thing of the past and all of us- whether we like it or not- will have to become "tofu-eaters". Yugh!

Also, you made a comparison between the shale gas industry (fracking) in this country and the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster as if they were on the same level- they are not: Chernobyl occurred because of the "Melt Down" of the Soviet Union at about the same time which resulted in drastically lowered maintenance standard at that plant. By contrast, energy production companies have been safely using hydraulic fracturing for over seventy years.

Compare the Soviet and Russian nuclear industry with that of France. France generates 80 per cent of its electricity with nuclear, and there have been no major accidents at all. Properly maintained, nuclear generating plants are extremely safe. Without proper maintenance any method of generating electric power (or any industrial process for that matter) is hazardous.

Bottom Line: if you want to blame Chernobyl on anybody, don't blame Nuclear Power, as such- blame (and I know this statement will gladden the heart of all leftos)- blame: Ronald Reagan. It's was Reagan's build-up of the American Military that forced the Soviets into an arms race they couldn't sustain- resulting in massive belt-tightening- which included reduced maintenance at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

So there! I knew it all along. It was all the fault of the evil Conservatives! A massive right wing conspiracy, in Hilliary's famous phrase.

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4kurtw(876 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

As far as the specific issue of "domestic" animal abuse is concerned, I strongly believe the penalties should be raised to felony level.

A misdemeanor is nothing- doesn't even count- but a felony (coupled with heavy fines) that would cut some ice.

For one thing, a felony conviction has to be listed on a job application. A misdemeanor doesn't. And if you list a felony conviction it has to be "explained". How many employers do you know that would hire someone convicted of torturing an animal to death?

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