Chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-a; Cheese fries with bacon at the Roadhouse; Texas Madhouse; Ernie Zirkle calls; Feral cats: Solutions given, solutions sought; What about Vineland?; Tuna on raisin bread at Stewart’s


The column that says there are 310 calories and 6 grams of fat in a Chick-fil-a grilled chicken sandwich, so you could eat six of them a day and still stay under the recommended 2,000-calories-a-day healthy intake, but one Texas Roadhouse order of cheese fries with bacon has 1,332 calories and 140 grams of fat, 110 over total recommended daily intake.

By Jack Hummel

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Good evening!

We know how we got to 340 pounds because we thought all foods were good for us, and maybe they are in moderation. But what if you’re obsessive-compulsive-depressive, or, just like to eat?

Tonight was a madhouse at the Roadhouse, with servers running to and fro, barely having time to talk, and we never did see Josh because, despite his lofty manager status, he was forced into kitchen duty.

But others took over the “How ya doin”’ chores and told us about the husband on Okinawa waiting for her plane to arrive and how the colonel has arranged a car for each of them during her stay, and where was this colonel when we were stationed in Korea?

Got a call from Ernie Zirkle. The retired state vet is one of the speakers at an environmental commission meeting in Upper Deerfield on May 10 that revolves around dealing with feral cats in the township.

Ernie wanted to know where we got the estimated figure of 30,000 feral cats in Cumberland County that we posted the other day. Actually, we thought the figure was only 2,000. It was Ric Kuhns’ estimate, he of Animal Friends Foundation.

Who knows the real number? Nobody.

But we don’t have to guess what Kuhns has meant to at least slowing down the feral cat explosion, and some of the situations he has had to deal with would have left us running for the hills.

He heads the all-star team, and has for long enough for you to know he’s committed. If you don’t get along with him, check your reason for sucking up all the oxygen around here.

Did you know feral cats are responsible for the extinction of some species of wildlife?

“We estimate that free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.3–4.0 billion birds and 6.3–22.3 billion mammals annually. Un-owned cats, as opposed to owned pets, cause the majority of this mortality.

“Our findings suggest that free-ranging cats cause substantially greater wildlife mortality than previously thought and are likely the single greatest source of anthropogenic mortality for US birds and mammals. Scientifically sound conservation and policy intervention is needed to reduce this impact.”

— Nature Communications

Conclusion drawn by Anthony LaCroix, Michigan State University College of Law.


“While the welfare of feral cats depends on the willingness of people to deal with them responsibly and intelligently, the future of an endangered species is dependent on precisely the same thing.

“Neither of these causes is furthered where well-intentioned groups with conflicting approaches to the problem seek redress in court. This is particularly true of the feral cat control dilemma, because the problem can be effectively addressed by means of concerted local effort, as both ‘sides’ agree.

“As such, the intelligent and responsible thing for citizens, conservationists, cat lovers, and bird lovers to do is turn their attention to finding workable solutions specific to their localities.

“Whether or not the law will treat feral cats as wild animals, there is reason to do so in practice. A feral cat is an actor within its ecosystem just as wild squirrels, deer, and birds are.

“The problem is not the fact that they are cats, but rather that we do not see cats as we see squirrels, deer, and birds — as wild animals. People must confront cat overpopulation both by refusing to created more wild cats in the first place through abandonment, and by preventing the inevitable cat population expansion which occurs where human food is made abundantly available to cats.”

If there are 30,000 or 2,000 feral cats in Cumberland County, if enough people want to help use TNVR to eliminate them, how many cat colonies will it take to not catch up, not keep up, but get in front of the situation? Colonies that don’t result in neighbors getting upset?

How much money?

How many spay/neuter sites?

How many volunteers to identify, trap, fix and release, with females needing two days to recover?

And how much will the bird lovers help?

Somebody put it down on paper. Let’s see the reality in black and white. Let’s estimate the number of cat lovers willing to volunteer their time to prevent mass carnage, before it is the only solution left.

And now this …

“Good morning, Jack,

“FYI, I received a message from Blake Martin of Kizzy’s Place (new no kill shelter) in Vineland, last night asking if we had met with the mayor yet based on reading my blog.

“It goes on to say that his neighbor is currently being harassed by Diane Starn, who told her that she better finish getting her colony ‘fixed’ because the feral cat laws are changing by mid-May to require residents to pay $100 to register a colony and that they must be (stabilized) before approval is granted. …”

— Ric Kuhns,

Animal Friends Foundation

Sounds reasonable. Let’s do it. As long as colonies conform to reasonable laws that take everything and everybody into consideration and don’t play politics, let’s do it.

How much space will all the necessary colonies in Vineland take up and how many are needed before no more phone calls come in and all unwanted cats are turned in so they can get a chance to be adopted instead of dropped off somewhere?

Who is able to take these turned-in cats with no questions asked if they can’t be cared for?

Can you put down a plan on paper that goes from A to Z, with Z being all cats in Vineland fixed and being cared for, and an alleyway to keep it that way?

“I get a tuna sandwich at Stewart’s on raisin bread and it’s out of this world.”

— Stewart’s Root Beer in Vineland customer

Raisin bread? Who still serves raisin bread? It’s extinct like pumpernickel.

Let’s all meet at 584 S. Delsea Drive and feast on raisin bread!

YOU CAN BOOK IT: Salad dressing is the key to losing weight.

Chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-a; Cheese fries with bacon at the Roadhouse; Texas Madhouse; Ernie Zirkle calls; Feral cats: Solutions given, solutions sought; What about Vineland?; Tuna on raisin bread at Stewart’s

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