Last week was a very difficult one for most of us on this blog . Most of us are of the ‘conservative’ bent, and are furious, to say the least, about the Health Care bill. I’ve also been frustrated, angry, and myriad other emotions over the subsequent bad press that has followed. I went in search of some news (and let me tell you, it was NOT easy!) to help boost my mood, and I’d like to share my findings with you:
Our first story comes from Iowa City, Iowa. An officer pulled over a lady because her child was moving around the vehicle, not secured in a car seat. Upon hearing that the woman still had 80 miles to go on their trip and could not afford a car seat, the officer took her to Wal-mart and purchased a car seat for her.
In Montgomery, Maryland, a young boy was walking his 8-week old puppy when a couple of local boys came up and demanded he give the dog to them. When he refused, they punched him, taking the pup anyway. The next day, the non-emergency line at the police station rang with the report that the puppy had been spotted on a local porch. Yeti the pitbull was picked up by officers and returned to his rightful owner.
In an unusual display of amazing common sense, legislators in New York City have declared backyard beekeeping legal. The beehives had been previously banned, included in a list of about 100 other species deemed “dangerous”. Thanks to renegade beekeepers who had been maintaining rooftop hives and backyard hives in defiance of the law, and to the Green Movement (which, amazingly enough, worked this time), the law was relaxed to allow honeybee hives within city limits. Flowers will be happier this summer, and maybe some folks will get relief from their environmental allergies.
Another story out of Iowa tells us of a man who got stuck in a grain bin while trying to fix a jam. Another man jumped in to keep the first man from being buried in grain. This happens more than anyone would like to think – those grain bins are dangerous, and people actually “drown” in the grain. It’s horrible. In this case, the second man helped the first, and firefighters spent two hours draining the grain from the bin after securing the men. The first man, Mr. Steinhoff, was sent to the hospital with minor injuries, and the second was not injured.
And last, but certainly not least, my friend, Michelle, a sophomore in college, got her very first pair of cowboy boots ever, this week. This amazes me, because nearly every kid I ever knew had at least one pair of cowboy boots while they were growing up! Michelle has been blessed with a lovely voice and an even lovelier personality, and finally, FINALLY! She’s achieved her dream. A pair of cowboy boots. Wear them well, my friend.