Archive for Thursday, January 15, 2004

Letters to the editor: A guardian angel, Protecting man’s best friend

January 15, 2004

A guardian angel

To the editor:

It was with a hint of sadness and joy that I read the article about Lt. John Duncanson, of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department, retiring. I say it was with a hint of sadness, because it will be the loss of a different breed of cop -- that quiet, gentle, laid back country boy that was there for the people of the county.

I can remember back when I was a teenager, Lt. Duncanson was a patrolman in the county; it was in the summer and my folks were gone from home a lot, due to a relative being in the hospital in Kansas City. I never understood at the time, why or how deputy Duncanson knew when I was home alone a lot, and would drop in to check on me and see how the family was doing.

Years later, I learned that deputy Duncanson and the relative were friends, and he had a two fold purpose for being there. I did not and still don't care that it was a two fold purpose, I felt like we had one of the greatest law enforcement officers in the world because he cared enough to keep track of scared, lonely kids in his county.

It seemed as I went through the years, I always had a "guardian angel" watching over me; although jokingly he told me more once than that he was "five foot twenty".

I know that as time passes, Lt. Duncanson has earned the right to retirement, and the right to a different life outside of law enforcement, but he will be sorely missed by a lot of people, and he has touched a lot of lives in those 32 years.

I hope that he reads this and knows he has touched more than one person, and probably thousands, in who knows how many different ways, and places. I live in Oskaloosa, although the family farm is still in the southwest corner of Leavenworth County, and I will always look up and wonder if I still have a guardian angel on the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department watching out for me.

I bid Lt. Duncanson good luck and a long happy life in his retirement, and hope that some day we will cross paths again, and he will know what he has meant to me over the years.

Donna Fannin,
Oskaloosa.

Protecting man's best friend

To the editor:

I had intended to respond to the first letter about the chained dogs but failed to do so.

After reading the letter from Bonnie Sivyer, I knew I needed to remind people about man's best friend, also.

I would prefer to see a dog put to sleep than put on a chain, left out all the time in all kinds of weather, fed the cheapest food, and possibly patted on the head once a day.

Dogs need nourishing food, health care, and companionship just like people do.

If you can't provide a fenced yard or a run big enough for the dog to get enough exercise, then don't get a dog. Anyone who has ever had a beloved pet knows that no one will ever be as glad to see you return home as your pet will be.

I enjoy the articles by the Rev. Alice Purvis because she uses the connection between her cats and her. We have a people attitude problem in this country when a lot of people treat animals like inanimate objects like our cars or houses.

Jean Murry,
Leavenworth.

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