CHEERS: to the legacy of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a champion of the Special Olympics. Shriver, who suffered a series of strokes in recent years, died Tuesday. She was 88.
Rosemary Kennedy, the mentally disabled sister of Shriver and John F., Robert F. and Edward Kennedy, had a lobotomy at age 23 and was institutionalized for the remainder of her life. Shriver believed mentally disabled individuals often could lead productive lives, including playing sports, and in 1968 founded the Special Olympics. It now encompasses more than 3 million athletes, including several from Medina County.
CHIDINGS: to a justice system that apparently can’t protect man’s best friend. The Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals last week rescued several dogs and eight puppies from a Harrisville Township farm where three other puppies were found dead. Five dogs considered aggressive were euthanized.
The woman allegedly responsible for their care, Barbara Guillermo, 53, of 6084 Mud Lake Road, Westfield Township, is charged with five counts of animal cruelty. This is not Guillermo’s first appearance in court over allegations of animal abuse. In 2002, Guillermo was convicted on two counts of animal cruelty and sentenced to jail time and a probation period in which she was not allowed to own dogs.
The surviving puppies are being cared for at Cloverleaf Animal Hospital in Westfield Township, and the SPCA is looking for people to foster or adopt them. To do so, contact SPCA Executive Director Candace Hertzel at (330) 723-7722 and choose option 7. Monetary donations also are welcome.
CHEERS: to Buckeye Local Schools for holding the line. At a time when school districts statewide will be seeking operating funds in November, Buckeye continues to make do. Nearly $500,000 in federal stimulus money is helping the effort by forestalling a projected deficit until June 2011. The stimulus money will be used for two federal title programs and thus free up operating funds that otherwise would be spent on the Title I program that provides math and reading help for low-income students and Title 6B for special education services.