To the Editor — Aug. 13, 2015

August 11, 2015

NEW — 2:31 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015

Seafair

Blue Angels’ plane models are beautiful when used for peace

My wife and I attended Seafair on Saturday, Aug. 1, and the air show again amazed me.

As I was watching the precision maneuvers of our Blue Angels and the incredible versatility of the Raptor F-22, it hit me that I am so fortunate that I live in a country where lethal flying weapons are here for my entertainment and not my containment. Read more

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Cartoon — Aug. 13, 2015

August 11, 2015

NEW — 2:23 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015
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Home Country — Musings while milling around

August 11, 2015

NEW — 1:48 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015

It was lunchtime at the sale barn on the edge of town and the guys were milling around. They didn’t really want to eat there, as the regular cook had a family emergency in the next state, so it was a substitute named Leroy and the guys knew that everything Leroy cooked tasted like toast.

So they milled around, kicking dirt clods, inspecting the livestock coming up for the afternoon bidding, and pretending they were maybe someday going to buy something. Their dogs were there, of course: Steve’s two cowdogs, Doc’s Egyptian shepherd, Ramses (he makes pyramids in the backyard), and Billy, the official town dog.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

“Steve, what’s the name of that guy who used to walk around in the bleachers yelling ‘Ho!’ every time someone wanted to bid?” Read more

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Editorial — New law protects dogs in hot cars

August 5, 2015

NEW — 12:02 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

People who love animals are celebrating a new state law that protects pets left in hot cars. The law went into effect July 24.

It is now a class 2 civil infraction to leave an unattended animal in a motor vehicle or enclosed space where it might be harmed by heat or cold, or lack of water or fresh air.

The fine is $125, and a person could also be convicted of animal cruelty.

The law gives police and animal control officers the authority to free an animal “under any means reasonable” to protect the health and safety of an animal they believe is suffering or is likely to suffer harm, and it clears them of liability for damage to property resulting from any actions they take.

The bill also expands the state’s ban on animal fighting from dogs and roosters to all animals. And it makes it a crime for an adult to cause a minor to commit animal cruelty or make animals fight. Read more

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Off The Press — When did social media become so unsocial?

August 5, 2015

NEW — 12:01 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Especially at the national level, politics has been kind of an ugly business for a while now. But is it just me, or has what used to be a fairly harmless thing like Facebook suddenly become a particularly nasty battleground?

One case in point: A meme labeling President Barack Obama a “fascist, racist, bigoted, socialist, un-American, crook and liar.

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

Tom Corrigan
Press reporter

“Strike ‘share’ if you are a true American and you agree.” Read more

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To the Editor — Aug. 6, 2015

August 5, 2015

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Safety

City needs to fix this intersection as well

When stopped in the northbound lane of Fourth Avenue Northwest at the intersection of Southeast 62nd Street and 221st Place Southeast, the two traffic signals that you are facing (which hang from a steel cable suspended between two wooden poles), are not facing in a direction that is parallel to the lane of travel that they serve. They are rotated toward the left too far when you are facing them in the previously mentioned lane.

Also, the east end of Southeast 62nd Street has no pedestrian walkway whatsoever on either side of the road for a significant distance. This area also has very limited visibility due to the sharp curve of the road and the extensive amount of trees and foliage in the immediately surrounding areas of both sides of the street immediately northwest of the previously mentioned intersection (this creates an incredibly unsafe situation for pedestrians).

As a self-appointed U.S. taxpayer value advocate, I expect that the city communicate exactly how it plans to improve the safety of this excuse for an intersection to the public in the near future or face its legal consequences for failing to do so. Read more

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Cartoon — Aug. 6, 2015

August 5, 2015

NEW — 11:54 a.m. Aug. 5, 2015

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Home Country — Beware cracker packets during philosophical arguments

August 5, 2015

NEW — 11:37 a.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Doc was the first one in at the Mule Barn truck stop this morning, so he got to pick, and he chose the round table instead of the philosophy counter. If you asked him why, he couldn’t tell you, but some days are just round table days, while others lend themselves to counter proposals.

In 15 minutes, the round table had a quorum of homespun philosophers, practical jokers and scientific greatness.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

“Puts me in mind,” said Bert, “of the time we were in the mountains and I was suddenly surrounded by a mountain lion.” Read more

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Editorial — Help children succeed with Tools 4 School

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11:13 a.m. July 29, 2015

Before you know it, summer will be over and children will head back to school.

And although it’s an exciting time for the many children who get new clothes and school supplies, it’s a tense time for families who don’t have the money for such things.

That’s where Tools 4 School comes in.

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Off The Press — In the summer of love a little rain must fall

July 29, 2015

NEW — 11:10 a.m. July 29, 2015

So, you think we’re having a dry summer? Yes, you would be right, and it’s not even August yet. But let me share a personal story of what it’s like to be under the other shoe when it drops.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

It’s the summer of 1986, and after four years of dating and a three-year engagement, my wife is finally ready to set a date for marriage.

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