To the editor:
First, I would like to applaud the efforts Judith Schulte has made to help control the cat population on the island. Yes, previously there was a problem with too many feral cats. The cats were not the problem though; it was irresponsible pet owners returning back north and leaving their cat behind or people letting their cat breed and then dumping the kittens, leaving them to forge for themselves. Many people accepted the responsibility of feeding the cats left in their neighborhoods, a responsibility the original owners failed to do. The cats at Winn-Dixie are a product of this irresponsibility.
I believe most people enjoying seeing the cats at Winn-Dixie. They're kind of our own "island style" WalMart greeter. They never bother anyone or try to get in the store. They are residents of the plaza and have been there longer than a lot of people have been here. How would you like someone to uproot you from the only home you have known simply because your neighbor didn't like you? It's the same principal. Winn-Dixie is their home and they have every right to stay there.
If you don't like the way our "island life" works - helping anyone, including the animals, anyway we can, then perhaps you should stay up north or move to a more conventional area. We are proud of our unique life style and pray it never changes.
St. James City