On Poll shows distrust in newspapers
Having read the Gozer for years, I find it to be pretty neutral, which is exactly what I expect for a small-town newspaper. Thanks! As for, “…who claim we have a liberal bias…” There is no shred of doubt that the MSM has an enormous liberal bias. Look at areas where Bush and Obama have handled things nearly identically: Bush was roundly skewered on both the front page and editorial page, and Obama gets a pass. This whole IRS mess is comparable to, if not worse than, Watergate, and the MSM still pretty much just yawns. Were it not for the fact that the press is now on the receiving end of some probably illegal surveillance, the IRS and Benghazi would have been swept under the rug by now. Want more? Public opinion polls show America is about evenly divided on the issue of gay marriage. Have you *ever* seen the issue treated even-handedly by the MSM? Front page or editorial page? Nope. Only one point of view is acceptable, and to say otherwise is to be declared a bigot. The examples are endless. The public doesn’t trust the press because it clearly is no longer unbiased – if ever it was. The MSM is working very hard to make itself irrelevant. Which is a shame, because a strong, free press is a vital and necessary part of democracy.
On On choosing the right word
I'd have to side with Mr. Sodemann on this one. When you say that someone "delivered a lecture" or "lectured on" a given subject, it takes on an academic meaning. When you say someone "lectured" a person or group, it usually means a lengthy reprimand.
On Celebratory excess
Celebratory excess? I avoid celebrating to excess more than once a night!
On Badger hunting in Wisconsin
bwheelock: I wouldn’t recommend urban areas, unless you’re offering your yard … :) I don’t catch & release, I prefer humane euthanization. If I did catch & release, I’d be inclined to head to a remote park somewhere. I’m not sure if that’s legal, mind you; if only we had a keen reporter to find the facts for us on this thorny issue! Note that most states don’t allow you to release certain animals (like coyotes, skunks, raccoons) anywhere; you *must* euthanize them. Since you can’t specify what’s going to wander into your trap once you’ve set it, unless you’re ready, willing, and able to kill whatever shows up, you really shouldn’t be trapping at all.
Of course, if “sangus” is Scott Angus, you could turn this experience into a very useful article on the do’s and don’ts of handling yard varmints. You could almost certainly have an exterminator work with you for free, just to get featured prominently in the paper. Just a thought …
A couple of things to keep in mind if you go the trap & release route: 1) Don’t head out to “into more rural areas” and release the groundhog on private property. Absolutely nobody wants groundhogs, and you’re just turning your problem into somebody else’s problem. If a farmer catches you, he’ll probably shoot the pest and might just shoot you in the bargain! 2) Although “Billy the Exterminator” is pretty blasé about releasing trapped animals, groundhogs can be downright vicious, and if you’re not very careful you’re liable to get bit or worse.
Groundhogs are tremendously destructive and you need to get rid of yours ASAP. If you’re within city limits, you can’t use a firearm, though a pellet gun might work as long as you are sure that any stray shots won’t hurt people or property. Your best bet is a large trap set near the hole. Farm & Fleet carries the right size. Or call an exterminator. Poison is an option *only* if you’re absolutely certain that no pets will get into it. Filling the hole back in will only irritate your new groundhog.
You don’t need a hunting season if your “garden has … been ransacked”. You can kill any varmints making a mess of your property. Or trap and release if your conscience requires, though it often isn’t doing the animal any favours.
On Wrestling those big blue trash bins
The trick with putting them in your garage is not only finding room, but also getting the cart out in the morning without having to move a car. I had similar carts in a different town, and they quickly found a home outside of my largish garage. I was out driving today and was amazed at the number of shiny new carts sitting out at the curb. Still full, of course, while the standard garbage cans were emptied. Apparently, we have a large population of reading-challenged people around here!
On TODAY is EARTH DAY!
“I am baffled as to WHY the attention to EARTH DAY seems to have waned in context with growing evidence …” RAF beat me to the punch with the Reuters article, which demonstrates that we don’t really understand the science here completely, so rushing off to spend billions on what may be a will-o’-the-wisp is certainly ill-advised. But there is one other thing to consider. Like it or don’t, Al Gore has become the public face for Global Warming in the US. And a bigger hypocrite on the subject you’d be hard pressed to find. He’s single-handedly turned the whole Global Warming issue into a bad joke, and a stale one at that, so people have responded by tuning out the whole thing.
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