Friday Catchall: Pets, vets and votes this week
The Friday Catchall:
• PETS — The headlines on the emails were “Bring a pet home for the holidays” and “Give a pet the best gift of all — a home for the holidays,” something I do not support.
For about three weeks I have been receiving messages urging pet adoptions for National Adoption Weekend (Nov. 9-11), as well as for Christmas and the holidays. Sadly, Christmas is not necessarily the best time of year to bring a pet — even an older one that is merely new to you — into your home.
Too often it is done for children, mimicking the horrible concept of giving a child a baby chick for Easter. When the presents, wrappings, bells and bobbles are cleared away, too often the animal is an afterthought.
Maybe, just maybe, Nation al Adoption Weekend is early enough for the pet to become part of the family — before the glitz and shine of Christmas. For those who bring a pet into their lives for Christmas, it can work out but that is the exception and not the rule.
Some pet adoption or shelter services actually refuse to adopt out animals during the holidays, but they are few. Please let a pet be a teachable moment for the little ones, not a present that ends up in the yard by itself.
• VETERANS DAY — The annual parade to honor our current and former service men and women is Saturday, Nov. 10, in downtown Prescott.
However, Nov. 10 is not Veterans Day. That day is Sunday, and a gentleman called us and expressed how hurt and insulted he felt that the date of the parade was NOT scheduled for Nov. 11.
He expressed these feelings on behalf his fellow veterans and the American Legion.
Personally, though I did not serve, I like to think veterans should be honored every day — those who have passed, those who gave their lives in the line of duty, and those with lessons and insights we can all learn.
Remember a veteran on Sunday too by thanking them for their service. Some received a lot less than that when they came home.
• MADAM PRESIDENT — Congratulations to Sen. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, who was chosen this week as Senate President for the 54th Arizona Legislature, which opens its session Jan. 14, 2019.
Fann is only the second woman to preside over the State Senate in Arizona. She has represented Legislative District 1 in the Senate since January 2017, after serving six years in the House of Representatives.
Fann said she wants to “try to reunite the parties, so we’re able to have good, solid conversations again. … The rhetoric has gotten way out of hand, and the attacks are not acceptable.”
I wholeheartedly agree.
• QUOTE — “An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.” – George Bernard Shaw
• PICK OF THE WEEK — (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): The Veterans Day Parade in downtown Prescott is Saturday, Nov. 10. It steps off at 11 a.m.
I hope to see you there!
Tim Wiederaenders is the senior news editor for The Daily Courier and Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, or firstname.lastname@example.org.