To the Editor:
It has recently come to my attention that the Copperas Cove City Council has recently passed a city ordinance that calls for the euthanization of feral cats within the city limits. This measure furthermore outlaws private efforts at cat population control.
This raises my hackles for two reasons: first, that the city is making a crime out of a potential solution. Ordinary law-abiding citizens become outlaws for attempting to solve a problem. This is entirely against the principles of the American way of life and everything for which Texas stands. This reduces individual liberty and places the government of the city in the position of arbiter of living. This is unconstitutional and frankly ridiculous.
Second, who is paying for this dabbling in tyranny? I am, as a taxpayer. I do not consent to my tax dollars funding the removal of freedom from my life and those of my fellow citizens. The council is overstepping its bounds in every imaginable way.
This ruling must be reversed. If it is not, the council will be replaced. Most of them are not up for re-election this term, but they will be eventually. I will not tolerate this trampling of individual liberty and will speak loudly and often until they all have been removed from office.
You, the council, are public servants; you answer to me. Do not forget this.
Brian A. Heitman