Your Views for November 8

Love is ageless

Save a life and make your own better by giving an older dog a home during national “Adopt a Senior Pet Month” this November. Many senior dogs are waiting in shelters right now, hoping to be part of a family again.


Puppies are cute, but older dogs are adorable, usually more mellow, and house-trained, too. With a senior dog, what you see is what you get in size and personality.

Dogs today are living longer, healthier lives. Your act of kindness could also help you live a longer, healthier life. Taking walks together is a great way to get more exercise and meet new friends. Just petting a dog lowers blood pressure.

The Grey Muzzle Organization, a national nonprofit that gives grants to animal welfare groups to help save senior dogs, envisions a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid. Please help make that dream a reality by opening your heart and home to a senior dog.

During “Adopt a Senior Pet Month,” many shelters and rescue groups offer reduced adoption fees. To find your new best friend, simply search online at sites like or, or visit a shelter near you.

Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary, 17-382 13 Mile Road, Kurtistown, open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, has some wonderful older dogs ready to go home with you! You can also foster.

You can be a hero by giving a senior pet the chance to love and be loved again. In return, you’ll receive the unconditional love, companionship and devotion of a very grateful dog.

Kathy Buono


Take action

The front-page Nov. 4 article titled, “Trump now has opening to pull US out of Paris climate accord,” explained that the Trump administration submitted notification to the United Nations that the United States intends to withdraw one year from now.

Of course, the Trump administration has been working against the spirit of the United Nations climate agreement from their first day in office, rolling back key regulations that would reduce carbon and methane emissions.

However, people have organized at the local and state levels and are taking action to reduce the impact of climate change. Gov. David Ige is a member of the US Climate Alliance, a coalition of 25 governors committed to meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement.

Our Hawaii Island Chapter of the United Nations Association held its annual United Nations Day luncheon on Oct. 24, in collaboration with the Hawaii Island Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Our keynote speaker, Heather Kimball, addressed the topic, “Climate change in Hawaii: Where we are now, where we need to go, and how to get there.”

Climate change is a global issue that needs global action using the framework of the Paris Agreement. Until the United States has a president who understands that, every individual can take action. Join one of our local organizations focused on climate action, and be a part of the solution.


Ruth E. Robison


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