Toby and the GOP
This week the Enterprise-Record wrote an editorial that we think may have taken a shot at this paper, though we could be wrong because that’s happened before (see above). The July 9 editorial suggested that a lot of folks were duped by the Butte Humane Society’s threat to abandon the Park Avenue animal shelter unless it got a new contract with the city. The editorial mentioned a “farfetched newspaper article” that said the shelter was in danger of closing and the local animals could end up at the Paradise shelter. The story, the E-R editorial said, “was based on rumors and a vague statement by a Chico city official that the city was looking at all options with regard to its shelter options.” Our story said the shelter “most likely would continue” and paraphrased Bob Koch, the city’s risk manager, about the provisions of the contract. If the editorial was not referring to us, then it must have been in reference to an April 29 Paradise Post story headlined, “Town may take Chico’s animals.” Or even a July 8 Post story headlined, “Chico turns down Town’s offer to take over animal services.” What’s weird about that is the Post is a sister paper to the E-R—both are owned by MediaNews out of Denver. On second thought, I guess there’s nothing unusual about one sister accusing another of being “farfetched.” Siblings fight all the time. I’ve got the scars to prove it.
Are you a Republican who bristles at the thought of paying good money to see Michael “I hate America” Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 but would still like to know what the hubbub is all about? Here’s your chance. A smart-aleck guy in Santa Fe has an on-line promotion called “Republicans Win Cash!!!” Jim Terr said he figured that cash part would catch the Repubs’ eyes. Terr is asking for a movie review of Moore’s film from a Bush-supporter’s point of view. First prize is $300. “Although I confess to being a flaming leftie,” Terr writes on his Web site, “I am not seeking positive reviews. Just reviews which are honest, thoughtful and interesting, and of course based on actually seeing the film.” Go to RepublicansReview911.com.
We’d like to thank Mark Lightcap, district manager of the California Water Service Company, for making the arrangements allowing us access to the water tower on Sixth Avenue, across from Enloe Medical Center. All we had to do was type up and sign a document saying that we (or our next of kin) would hold the water company harmless if we were to fall off the tower as we ascended or descended the tower’s metal ladder. Thanks, too, to Tom, the regular water tower climber, for showing us how to do it. Rest assured, we’ll never ask to do it again.