The power of the Daily Times never ceases to amaze me. Under our current leadership, that is publisher Hope Comer and editor Chris Slone, the people in my job are being called on to make a difference in the community. We put it to the test on Wednesday and Thursday, and were able to facilitate the solving of a problem and touch the hearts of a couple.
When we were notified that a couple’s dog had been hit by a car and had incurred a large veterinary bill, which they could not pay, and which resulted in the possibility they would not be able to get their beloved Annabelle back, we swung into action.
My conversation with my good friend Dr. Gail Counts at Shawnee Animal Clinic and Sierra’s Haven Animal Shelter brought to light a problem that exists within the veterinary community, and which is greatly misunderstood by some people.
Counts told me people bring in strays they find on the side of the road, which need intense medical care, then will not pay the bills. When the animal is taken to Sierra’s Haven for re-adoption, they are paying the $75 adoption fee, then getting the dog back, leaving a large medical bill unpaid. That is the reason for their policy, and when you understand that, it is easy to see why that policy exists.
We wrote a story, which had no sooner hit our website and Facebook, when a woman contacted Shawnee and paid the bill. This was all accomplished in less than 24 hours. That, my friend, is the power of the Daily Times. We can effect things in the community for the better and that is what we want to do.
Make no mistake, we also want to bring things to light that are negative as well. But in either case, calling attention to a problem, or promoting the positive aspects of the community, we still have one goal – to bring truth to light and to try to be a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem.
We are not afraid of controversy nor are we afraid to call attention to the things people do every day that bring positivity to life in southern Ohio.
Hope and Chris were excited to see what we accomplished in less than a day, and I was excited to see the response of our readership. If you haven’t read the Daily Times for a while, you need to get back in the habit. We are better than ever. If you are a business and want to market your product or service, look at what our readership did in less than 24 hours and ask yourself if you need to be tapping into that advertising medium.
The Daily Times is alive and well and a part of the solution. Get on board.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.