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The Dade County animal shelter is not supported by tax dollars from the general fund. It is self-funded by revenue the shelter generates from adoption fees, redemption fees, license tags (which ensure that lost animals will be returned to their owners if they turn up at the county shelter), and fees for services such as low-cost rabies vaccinations and spay/neuter operations. Therefore Mr. Dorn is incorrect to state that tax dollars were expended by virtue of the presence of county personnel at the Miami Beach rabies clinic.

Rabies shots do not "cure" rabies. They prevent an animal from contracting the disease. By his statement, "It is chilling to know the shots were not effective, as she is still rabid," Mr. Dorn once again proves he doesn't have any idea what he is babbling about.

Mr. Dorn stated that Miami Beach does not have a rabies problem. Once again, he misses the point. Rabies shots were provided free in Miami Beach not because there is a rabies problem there but because, like it or not, Florida state law requires that cats and dogs be vaccinated against rabies. The county serves the public by providing these shots at low cost, or, in the case of the Homeless Animals Day event, for free.

The presence of county personnel and the county mobile unit at the event served a valid, useful, public purpose by not only providing free shots to the community's animals, but also by educating the public about the services they provide to the animals and people in Dade County. Also provided was information about the tragic animal overpopulation problem in this county, which results in a tremendous expenditure of the shelter's self-generated revenue, money that by law must be used to take in unwanted animals.

In addition, all of the animals brought to the event were adopted out. A picture of one of the dogs at the event, which appeared in El Nuevo Herald the next day, generated scores of calls to the shelter from people wishing to adopt animals, thus saving them from destruction. So having county employees participate in this event was time and nontax dollars well invested for the county.

The Homeless Animals Day was intended as a public event, not a media event, though we welcomed the media's participation in both publicizing and covering the event. If more "media events" were held at which the public had to face the facts, maybe this county would be a less cruel place for its unwanted animals.

If Mr. Dorn reads this letter and is overcome with the urge to take pen in hand again, I suggest he use it to write a check for a tax-deductible donation to the Dade County Animal Trust Fund and mail it to the shelter at 7401 NW 74th St., Miami FL 33166.

Maybe Mr. Dorn should consult with his dog before he mindlessly attacks those who are trying to help the animals and people of this community.

Goldie Lewis
Miami Beach

A Most Exalted Nomenclature
I enjoyed Elise Ackerman's article "A Most Exotic Exile" (August 24). I am a member of an Eastern Orthodox parish affiliated with the Orthodox Church in America.

Overall, Ms. Ackerman had a very informative article. But throughout, she referred to Father Daniel McKenzie as "McKenzie." This is not the proper way to address an Orthodox Christian priest! We have five orders of clergy; in ascending order they are reader, subdeacon, deacon, priest, and bishop. Some bishops are called "metropolitan" or "patriarch." Our clergy are addressed by their first names, preceded by a title.

Using the name Daniel as an example, it would be "Reader Daniel" or "Subdeacon Daniel." A reader or subdeacon can also be called "Brother Daniel," a deacon can also be called "Father Daniel," and a bishop might be referred to as "Metropolitan Daniel," "Patriarch Daniel," "His Grace Daniel, Bishop of XYZ," or as "Vladika (Church Slavonic for "master") Daniel."

To quote Ms. Ackerman: "The Eastern Orthodox Church, which comprises different Orthodox churches distinguished by nationality. . . ." This is a common misconception here in the United States relative to Orthodox Christianity. To refer to an Orthodox Church as an "ABC Orthodox Church" relates to the language that services are conducted in and to minor cultural differences in Orthodox expression, such as music and liturgical practices. It is the tradition to conduct services in the language(s) of the congregation; one does not have to learn Greek, Russian, Arabic, et cetera, nor be one in order to be an Orthodox Christian. Salvation is to all who believe, regardless of nationality, language, or race.

Robert Carter, Jr.
Carol City

Interesting Concept: Being Bombarded with No News
We are constantly bombarded with political garbage, no news, biased news, et cetera. New Times is a breath of fresh air in South Florida. I've shared the publication with friends who do not reside here and they love it, too.

Mary Smith
Miami Shores

Erratum
Owing to a copyediting error, last week's article "Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman" was published without a byline. Staff writer Robert Andrew Powell wrote the story.

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