Animal Shelter Politics Needed Bark and Bite

Dear Editor,
Regarding Matt King’s article about the Animal Shelter, I’d like
to give a some information as to why I said I regret getting
involved in the letter-writing campaign.
Dear Editor,

Regarding Matt King’s article about the Animal Shelter, I’d like to give a some information as to why I said I regret getting involved in the letter-writing campaign.

I do not regret doing it, and I certainly don’t regret the fact that we won the fight.

What I regret is that certain members of Friends of the San Martin Animal Shelter did nothing but criticize those who fought for the shelter over the way we did it.

Kim Messina is quoted as saying, “I don’t think it was FOSMAS’s place to be part of it (the budget fight).” If not FOSMAS, then who should have done it?

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors would not have reversed the vote they made in June by themselves. The public had no knowledge of the situation.

The only reason the closure decision was reversed was because the Board and others received countless calls, letters and e-mails from people who were appalled about the situation. And the only reason that happened was because we wrote letters to the editors, we informed everyone we encountered and Evon sent countless e-mails to groups informing them about the impending closure.

We were criticized because we were “confrontational.” I fail to see how informing people about the truth is confrontational.

It would have been interesting to see exactly what would have happened if every member of FOSMAS had just sat back and let things evolve. I feel positive that the shelter would be closed on Mondays. I regret the letter-writing campaign because apparently even though we succeeded in accomplishing what FOSMAS wanted, they are unhappy. I had no idea that for some people, losing the battle is preferable to rocking the boat.

Elaine Jelsema, San Martin

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