– Gen. Douglas MacArthur
There are a lot of candidates running for national office this summer.
They talk about the threats facing America – the dangers of foreign terrorists, the taxpayer drain of illegal immigration and the damaged economy.
These politicians vow to protect us, defend us, take care of us.
Why don’t you start by doing something about the squirrels?
As many longtime readers know, I think squirrels are among nature’s most insidious and destructive creatures. I was not surprised last week when Rob Pavey, our investigative outdoors editor, reported that the bushy-tailed varmints are responsible for about 10,894 power outages a year, mostly caused when the rodents venture too close to high-voltage lines at a substation or on a neighborhood transformer.
Let me ask you, when was the last time al-Qaida cut your power off?
The way I see it, squirrels are nature’s most successful suicide bombers.
They’re giving their lives to disrupt power across both Georgia and America, and little is done to stop them.
That must change!
If you’re a politician running for office this year, I’m expecting to hear how you plan to handle the squirrel problem.
I have some ideas that I’d love to share.
YOUR TRAVELS: Veteran summer traveler Phyllis Holland Badke is “on the road again!”
She sends a wonderful retro-looking postcard from Iowa with this note: “I’ve driven to Iowa to bring my friends Connie Samuelson, her daughter Sara and children. ... We’ve had a great trip visiting Connie’s family and the farm. Pigs and cows. Very windy.”
Norman and Margaret Taylor send a postcard from Las Vegas, where “we have walked the glass Grand Canyon Skywalk, seen Human Nature (MoTown music) and going to see Love, the Cirque du Soleil Beatles show.”
TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s one shared by Everett Fernandez:
During the heat of the space race in the 1960s, NASA decided it needed a ballpoint pen that would work in the zero gravity
confines of its space capsules.
It put its best scientists on the task, and eventually after considerable research, trial-and error development and a million dollars spent, the Astronaut Pen was successfully produced.
Not only did the pen work but it also enjoyed some modest success as a novelty item back here on Earth.
Meanwhile the Soviet Union, faced with the same problem, used pencils.