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Lisa-this touches so close to home! My pup turned 15 in last month. He cant hear, and his back legs are no longer steady. We help him up and down, He has been limited to only the downstairs and carpet. Because older paws slip and slide on tile or hard wood. Sometimes the exertion of getting up will make him loose control of and he has a little accident. And he looks so ashamed of himself. When we clean him and the floor he looks down and so sad, till it is clean again and then? He rests his old head agains us and smiles. He can no longer chew a good bone, but has learned to love a softer treat. His smile greets us every day after work and the tail still wags, just not as wildly. He will, on a pretty day sit on the porch and deck and watch the younger dogs go by, and look at me as if to say, "remember when Mom?". We thought we would have to put him down in Dec. And he is still holding his own. I am thankful for each and every day we have. And I think he is too. Thank you for writing such a wonderful piece! Until you know the love of an old dog, who at one time took care of YOU, and took such pride in doing so. You can never appreciate how when tables turn the love that is shown in thier eyes ten fold. And the lessons that journey takes you.
Thank you. This had to have been difficult so soon. Thoughts are with you and your family.
Kevin, let me state that my comments were not directed at you personally. Just an obsevation as far as business in a small town and thank you for the response. Your response to my comments is a good example as to why annonymous posting in such a small bubble is a good thing! I state my opinion, you state yours. you dont know me (although ya do! WINKwinky..think of the name BANDmama..) and I dont know you. But our opinions on local views do matter and do have impact. It immediately becomes personal when one knows... one who knows...and so on. I find it a much more dignified way of expressing MY views, knowing I dont have to stand in line at Safeway discussing my views with my neighbor/co worker or friend. But at the same time I find it very....much, a learning experience to read those views on the local paper forum. I really do believe that we get a much more rounded view of our neighbors by not stating names. It allows us to be honest and forthright without fear of local "Golly gee darn...you dont see it MY way". The annonymous posting really has given me the opportunity to rethink how I appraoch a "hot local topic" in general conversation. Now, if I still lived in the big city, and YOU still lived inthe big city. Who would give a ....ya know. But we do live here, small town and everyone deserves the respect to state ones point. Am I gonna and do I want to engage in this whatever topic at the store while I am running home trying fix dinner? NO. I dont and wont. But after dinner, and when my mind is in the right frame do I feel the....need (for lack of a better word) to get some things off my chest? YUP, I do. But I really dont want my workday to start off with some jacka$$ in my face saying, "YOU SAID" while on the clock??? NO!!! I would prefer to join in a bit of freindly banter as to local topics. Steamboat, thankfully is still small town. And I like it that way. And I will take you up on your offer at the Kitchen! Best wishes! (ummm,when are you there?...LOL!) Again sorry if my post offended you. I DO know the guts it takes to state a name! And Ya got em!
I dont, at this time.
Kevin- John Wayne??? Try BIG Brother in the form of BIG MAMA!!! LOL! You have had the experience of a money making thing here. Some of us have not. We are the voiceless majority, and while "you" can and DO have the guts to put forth your opinions, others. like myself would be outcast!!! Again small town mentality. Forget that John Wayne/Marlon Brando thing, we have to live and EARN a living here. If I were to walk into your place of business and state a mayhap difference of opinion? How fast would you be calling Joel Rae and having my butt hauled off? Think about that. Small Town, and everyone knows someone who knows someone...and so forth. While I respect your view, YOU do have a HELL of alot more pull locally and all than I do. A HUGE reason to maintain an annonymous posting standard on this site. This is NOT your average small town. Money and such talks, alot!!! Those of us that are ordinary working "joes" are here and would like to remain in that status. We help YOU earn a living. Is the discord in a public stance worth me (a working class "MAMA") worth it to you to loose money because I choose to shop elsewhere cuz you called me out??? NO!!! Not at all. In the very small geological/bubble "O" small town we live in. It is not, in my opinion worth having my name in print on views that impact the community I live in. Allow me the grace and freedom to express my views in this small forum. Otherwise? I may choose to frequent someplace else for lunch, clothes, CD's, gas, groceries...ect ect ect.... being a little annonymous allows a sense of freedom in a small town that promotes discussion and improvement without pointing fingers. And those in favor of NON annonymous postings are doing just that!!!! Pointing fingers. Instead of debating an idea or thought is non productive. Calling one out in this forum is sort of silly, in this Valley we call home.
Ummm, my child is 18. As a previous child care/daycare provider...(in a another state) This is HORRIBLE. There are not many jobs here. When one comes up? Most can not take the position due to the non ability to provide childcare. Those providing day care, are doing what the rest of are trying to do, make ends meet. While a parent in the home is the best course of action, it is not feasonable (always) to do so. Where are the grants, and a little give to those who want to work? NOT here. Cost of living is a lot!!!! What is being done to help those parents in need of reasonable daycare here? NOTHING!!! Many, like me, could do childcare in my home, but I rent and the lease excludes "bussiness" ventures from the home. Even though this would give income to me and provide a source of up four families to do the same. My landlord. "OOPPPSSS" doesn't allow it. I could pay rent on time, but current circumsances wont let me earn a dollar... " even though there is a market.....just saying....and something to think about.
The above comments in reference to my posts give justice TO my posts! If this were the Huffington post then yes, speak up with a name. But this little bit of....chitchat, in no way warrants (SP?) everyone's ID. This is NOT a major bit of reporting (although with respect to the Pilot, it has had many awards and HOOOOO-YAAAAAAAAHHHHA's that not many papers of this...nature/size get. It has some AWESOME contributors and hope to see this continue!!!!) One of the best things, in my opinion with this forum is the simple fact that this is a small close knit community, some (most) of my views, if spoken at a coffee or a brunch would not be well received as I do read,listen, and take to heart world views on so many things on every site daily that I mentioned. The few articles I do comment on sometimes touch close to home. I would never state so fervently my views on local matters face to face as I do here. Why? I am not a pussy, and if "puussshhhed" into a corner would, but it would be so darn disrespectful to my many friends, neighbors, employer, and co workers when I have so much to say 'thank you" for? Why instigate heated arguements/debates? I have lived in "big city". I had no fear of pissing off my neighbor, as I did NOT know them. Here I do!!! And respect them. All of you! Some may call it as double sided, I call it a mutual respect. Every Free Thinking, Loving member of this community deserves the right to point out views/opinions. Without the fear of running into the person with whom they disagree with at Safeway or Walmart. This community has many intelligent, well spoken members. Is it really worth the "I KNOOOOOOW who yoooooo ARRRREEE!!' mentality just cuz you dont agree with me? No! To me it isn't. And wont ever be. If mandated that I print my name on every thought? PAY ME. And/or I wont even give the Pilot the time of day. (Cept the crosswords, will have to continue that!!!!! LOL!!!)
dubious assertions and Anne Coulter??? No freaking way!!
sled- LOL! I hope all of us can pull on our big person britches and take a little heat when we throw ourselves out there. If not we have no business making a comment.
And for everyone that desires a more intellectual debate? I would like to suggest a few places that one might find them, BBC, Mediamatters, Huffington Post, Politico, Rueters, Aljazeera and so on and so on. Those needing that bit of intellectual banter would find it at these sites and not the Pilot which rarely has any national/world articles that promote the debates such as this one.
Curious, why is it so important to know the identity of someone with whom you are having an on line debate with? You know what their point of view is, so debate. As I stated above the Pilot requested our personal information and has reserved the right to not post comments they deem inappropriate. If you are looking for something other than the lowest common denominator this may not be the forum for you. And Sep, I find it highly disgusting and in poor taste to equate this with Hitler in 1936. Perhaps you should reaquaint yourself with history. The atrocities done to "supporters" were horrible. And many of those "supporters" were not doing so because they agreed with his ideals. They were forced into action by fear and violence. This thread is no where near the same. That comment (never mind the "whore" thing) is completely out of line.
Love, The Whore.
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