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Parking area does not offer alternative exit I am writing concerning the new parking area located off King Road that goes to the Del Oro football field. They have done paving, which is great, but the aisle is so narrow and once in a stall there is only one way to get out. At a recent Mighty Mites game, we noticed a silver pick-up stopped in front of the gate. It seemed as though he was waiting for his child to get dressed in the truck for the next game. We took our time getting to our car as to give him extra time before moving. After about five minutes there were four cars waiting to leave the parking lot while this man was just standing by his truck. He didn't say anything to anyone. We honked our horn and he became irate and said to hold on, he will be only a couple of minutes. I explained he had been five minutes already and people wanted to leave. He said just hold on. This parent should have been more considerate of others and parked the pickup if his child needed to get ready for the game or made sure he was ready before he pulled in the parking lot. I found this man to be very inconsiderate of others. Cathy Griffin Loomis Greased pig contest was cruel to animals It was with great sadness and disappointment that we saw the photo in the Loomis News that appears to promote animal cruelty among teenagers without so much as a clue as to what is going on, Loomis News, Oct. 4. Although the intentions to raise funds may have been innocent enough, the activity was not. First, to grease a baby pig is brutal enough. Didn't anyone have the slightest inkling that maybe this was inappropriate? Weren't there any adults present with the sense to stop this activity before it began? This is akin to tying tin cans to a puppy or kitten's tail, which we would find horrendous. We allow minors the excuse of incompetence due to their age, but surely in a public school fundraiser, we have the expectation of adult supervisory wisdom. Second, to chase a baby pig, who is obviously running for its life, creates a situation with an unwilling, vulnerable victim. What kind of terror was it subjected to in the squeezing, leg pulling, etc., in the "ha-ha funny" attempt to hold on? We can only wonder if its pathetic, plaintiff cries were found amusing as well. All who think this was a good idea need a course in the realities and legalities of animal cruelty. This event seems to be a combination of ignorance and insensitivity, and is not the lesson our community wants to instill in our children. Such an activity, apparently sanctioned by the athletic department of a public high school, flies in the face of the known connection between youthful animal abuse and later abusive behavior. In addition, as a reflection on our entire Loomis community, it must be banned and school (student, parents and advisors), Loomis Community Park (acceptable activities on community property) and town officials (animal protection ordinance) should be educated in the difference between good judgment and inhumane treatment of animals. Jake O'Rourke Loomis Officer, firemen saved deer from electric gate I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Joe Spera, Animal Control officer for Placer County, and firemen Terry, Pat and Jim of South Placer Fire Department for the quick response in saving the life of a deer caught in an electric driveway gate on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Loomis. She had been caught in this gate for several hours, and didn't seem as if she could last much longer but with the help of these four kind individuals, they were able (at the risk of being kicked) to hold her body, twist her and release her hips that were wedged between the bars of the gate. With the release, she jumped up and ran off into the woods. Thank you all for a job well done. I truly appreciated all your efforts! Kathy Michaelis Loomis Surveys will voice opinion on fire district Most of your readers by now are aware of the Loomis Fire District's dire financial position. The fire district is currently conducting a survey of all property owners within the district's boundaries as a first step in finding a solution, Loomis News, Oct. 11. The purpose of the survey is two-fold: to find what level of fire protection and emergency services the community wishes to maintain and to determine the amount of money the community is willing to pay for those services. We encourage everyone to return the survey. Input from those in the district is critical to developing a permanent solution to the district's ongoing financial problems. The board of directors of the Loomis Fire District will take the survey results and make a recommendation to those in the district as to how to best solve this shortfall in revenue. Time is running out for you fire district - make your voice heard. Randy Elder Friends of the Loomis Fire District Loomis Take the time to pick up trash around home I pick up trash once a month or so for Citizens Involved Means Better Living, primarily along King Road, east of Val Verde. Besides the amount of trash and the excessive speeds of most drivers along that stretch, the most disappointing thing to me is the number of properties - almost all - where the owners or residents don't have enough pride to pick up trash along the road in front of their own places or even at their own mailboxes where they stop every day. For example, the phone books that are distributed sit on the ground for weeks and nobody has the gumption to bend down, pick them up and throw them in their own trash. If people would simply pick up in front of their own properties, it would make everybody's life a lot easier, make the roadsides a lot cleaner, and make Loomis a lot more pleasant and a nicer place to live. Take some pride in where you live and do something for the environment at the same time. Mike Neal Loomis Meals on Wheels is available for seniors I'm a driver for the Meals On Wheels program, operated by the Seniors First group in Auburn. Currently there are only a few households in Loomis taking advantage of this great service. Certainly it could be helping more people here. If you're over 60 and don't drive, you can usually qualify to have a hot meal delivered to you at lunchtime. Call (530) 889-9500, extension 206, for more information. Roger Smith Loomis