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December 16, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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A terrible tale of animal cruelty . . . and a kitten facing a ticking clock

By Mike Sweeney

November 4, 2008 | Hard News Cafe writer Whitney Schulte came to class with an urgent, sad story. She thought she'd have time to write it herself, but events have moved so rapidly that she merely sends the photo above with a short plea to the editors: Could you post the picture to the Web and find someone to help?

Schulte says she received word from a friend not long ago that a box of kittens had been abandoned a few miles up Blacksmith Fork Canyon.

In a search that included driving up and down the highway during a cold, dark night and shouting "Here, kitty," through the open car window, Schulte and the friend found the kittens. One was already dead, and another quickly followed. Together they rounded up the survivors and frantically made calls to try to find them homes. All but one got adopted.

The one who's still awaiting a home is above. It's got no name, although perhaps because it was found right before Election Day she ought to be called Columbia, or Sam, or Ballot -- or something else we associate with democracy.

The tabby is gray, long-haired and female. She appears to be about 5 weeks old. She's at a shelter now, but may have to be put down because of overcrowding.

Schulte asks: How could someone abandon kittens in such rotten weather?

If you wish to adopt this kitten, call Whitney Schulte at 435-770-7844.

 

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