Last night is a perfect example of why I wanted to start a local, live Internet broadcast on our website.
It gives us the opportunity to bring in the people who are literally making the news that affects people’s lives here in Delaware County.
Writing about them is one thing, hearing it directly from them is another.
Last night’s “Live From the Newsroom” tackled the controversial issue of the Delaware County SPCA’s plan to get out of the animal control business.
We had a great panel, including Justina Calgiano, community relations director from the SPCA, and Rick Matelsky, interim SPCA executive director, debating the issues with Tom Hickey, a member of the state Dog Law Advisory Board, and Springfield Police Chief Joe Daly.
I cam away from the session more convinced than ever of one thing: All of these people bring a passion to what they do, and neither has any intention of backing down.
Calgiano reviewed the reasons why the SPCA decided, almost a year ago, to get out of the animal control business and move toward being a no-kill facility.
Hickey and Daly urged a one-year delay in the move, saying the county and municipalities simply were not yet ready for the change and predicting dire circumstances on July 1, when the change is supposed to go into effect.
You would think these two sides could get together and at least consider a delay. That would be up to the SPCA board, according to Matelsky.
If they don’t get one, I see either the county or state going to court in an attempt to block the move.
At any rate, I was glad that all four decided to come on and air the issues. That is what this weekly program is supposed to do.
Do you have an idea for a show you’d like to see addressed? Post a comment on this blog or e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s one I would like to do. I would like to have at least one parish priest, and maybe one official from the archdiocese come on to discuss the child sex abuse scandal that is quickly turning into a conflagration.
Do I have any takers?