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Ak-Sar-Ben Itself Merits Praise Along With King Dick And Queen Suzanne - 10-14-10

Come Election Day, White And Terry Can’t Duck Party Labels Any Longer - 10-07-10

Today, Second-Guessing Other Sports Commentators But Some Thoughts On Current Political Issues, Too - 09-30-10

Gates Gives Somber Non-Political Appraisals Of Iraq, Afghanistan - 09-23-10

At Last, A Prominent Moderate Muslim Speaks Out Against Muslim Terrorists - 09-16-10

Today, It’s All About College Football With Some “As I See It” Commentary - 09-09-10

Danes’ Sensible Approach To Immigration Won’t, Unfortunately, Fly In The U.S.A. - 09-02-10

Mosque Controversy Isn’t About Legal Rights; It’s About Moral Use Of Those Rights - 08-26-10

Time To Answer The Obvious Question: What Chance For Success In Afghanistan? - 08-19-10

Two-Paragraph News Story Offers Scary Prospect For World’s Future - 08-12-10

Outdated Constitutional Language Adds To Today’s Illegal Immigration Mess - 08-05-10

Not Wall Street But Democratic Policy Caused Mortgage Market Crash - 07-29-10

Windfarm Promoters Need More Facts, Less Rhetoric - 07-22-10

Nebraska Democrats’ ‘Find A Candidate’ Problem Began Long Months (Years?) Ago - 07-15-10

When The Subject Is Disasters,Obama Needs A History Lesson - 07-08-10

McChrystal’s Firing Spotlights Afghan War And The Slim Chance Of U.S. Victory There - 07-01-10

Advice For An Egocentric President: “I, I, I” Suggests One-Man Team - 06-24-10

Texas Decision Good For Big 12 But Even Better For The Longhorns - 06-17-10

Europe Is Sobering Up From 'Welfare' Binge; Obama-Led U.S. Moving Toward Similar Crises? - 06-10-10

A New Issue: Does ‘Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell’ Make Military Service Easier For Gays? - 06-03-10

Do State Officials Really Understand The Challenges Faced By Omaha Schools? - 05-27-10

Democrats Continue Cheap Shot Campaign Against Republican Congressman Lee Terry - 05-20-10

Cartoonist Koterba Says It Clearly: Don’t Put All The Blame On Schools - 05-13-10

Citizenship For Immigrants Is Inevitable But Start By Closing The Border - 05-06-10

Punish Wall Streeters If They Deserve It But Liberal Dems Spawned The Mortgage Mess - 04-29-10

Did Legislature, Speaker Mike Flood Deserve All Those Kind Words? - 04-22-10

Tiger Sulks His Way Through Masters— Is Obama Gambling On The Nuclear Issue? Rogue States And Terrorists Won’t Sign Up - 04-15-10

Did Obama/Pelosi ‘Sausage Factory’ Produce A Debt-Increasing Unpopular Health Plan? - 04-08-10

The Stories Behind Some Disturbing Headlines And Some Advice For Avoiding National Bankruptcy - 04-01-10

Four-Vote House Margin Makes Americans Swallow Trillion-Dollar Pill They Don't Want - 03-25-10

Insurance Pays 96% Of Family’s Cost For Seven Years Of ‘End Of Life’ Treatment - 03-18-10

President Angry Replaces President Cool; ‘ObamaCare’s’ Chances Helped Or Hurt? - 03-11-10

Americans To Get ‘ObamaCare’ Even If They Don’t Want It? - 03-04-10

Despite The Headlines, There’s Progress In Curbing Violence In North Omaha - 02-25-10

Corporate Expenditures Bad For Politics Except When They Benefit Liberal Candidates? - 02-18-10

Wind Energy Industry Faced Disaster; V.A. Hospital Not Personal Obama Choice - 02-11-10

Some Remarkable Legislative Comments And Some Questionable Media Performance - 02-04-10

When The Subject Is Nebraska Wind Energy, ‘Green’ Is The Color Of Money - 01-28-10

The “Teddy Kennedy Seat” Lesson Might Benefit Both Democrats and Republicans - 01-21-10

Some Legislative Issues—Like Gambling—Deserve Quick Death But Water Issues Deserve Careful Attention - 01-14-10

Today: ‘Big Daddy’ Government Wrong Again, And How Justified Is Cornhusker Title Talk? - 01-07-10

Dan Neary Worthy Of The Honor--
Today Some Upbeat Comments But "Obama Care" Debate Demands Attention
- 12-30-09

Even Without That Health Bill Vote, Another Term For Nelson Was Questionable - 12-23-09

Let’s Talk Football And Why Nebraska’s Suh Deserved The Heisman - 12-17-09

Image of Immigrants Would Be Helped By Less Cinco de Mayo, More 4th of July - 12-10-09

Image Of Islam Is Badly Damaged By ‘God-Approved’ Slaughter Of Non-Muslims - 12-03-09

Close Call For NU Research, Reputation; Thanksgiving Reminder: Count Your Blessings - 11-25-09

NU’s Reputation And Research Role Are Both At Stake When Regents Vote - 11-19-09

Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’
Changing To ‘Maybe We Can’t’?
- 11-12-09

Review The History Before Renaming A Street; Memories Of Sarah, Our Sweet Senior Dog - 11-05-09

“Socioeconomic Diversity” More Important Then Academic Achievement In “Learning Community”? - 10-29-09

A Visiting Sports Columnist Agrees: ‘There Is No Place Like Nebraska’ - 10-22-09

Might Obama Wish He Had A Chance To Say ‘No, Thanks’ To Early Nobel Prize? - 10-15-09

Don’t Overlook The Variety Of Aid Which Goes To ‘Poverty Level’ Families - 10-08-09

Smorgasbord Today: From UN’s “Nutcake Day” To Obama Performance Here And Abroad - 10-01-09

Must Defense Continue To Cover For Huskers’ Anemic Red Zone Offense? - 09-24-09

'Energizer Bunny' President Continues To Add Proposals For Reform - 09-17-09

Today, Variety: Football, Golf And Why No President Should Televise Himself Into The Nation’s Classrooms - 09-10-09

Massachusetts Gave Kennedy Significant Second Chances - 09-03-09

Obama’s Problem Not Just With GOP
But With A Great Many Americans
- 08-27-09

Tiger Could Use Sportsmanship Lesson—And Less Coverage From Fawning Media - 08-20-09

Gallup ‘Competitive’ Label, If Accurate Long Term, Is Good News Not Only For Nebraska Democrats - 08-13-09

Democrats Go All-Out Negative:
Trash Private Insurance Industry
- 08-06-09

Journalistic Watchdogs Turned Lapdogs When Obama Called That ‘News Conference’ - 07-30-09

Look Back, Mr. President: Opposition Is Catching Up - 07-23-09

Dem Lynch Mob Might Hang President’s Hopes - 07-16-09

Dems Start Oust-Terry Effort In The Political Gutter - 07-09-09

Despite Liberal Media's Views, Nation Better Served By Viable GOP - 07-02-09

A Varied Menu For You To Consider - 06-25-09

Freshman President Learning Some Political Realities? - 06-18-09

Voices Of Reason Raised Too Late To Slow Rush To Wind Power? - 06-11-09

Public Will Be Watching Prosecution Of Three Teen-Age Creatures - 06-04-09

Wealthiest Paying Less, In Taxes?
It’s Simply Not True
- 05-28-09

Notre Dame And Obama
Offer A Splendid Lesson
- 05-21-09

Special-Interest Liberals
Shouldn’t Badger Obama
- 05-14-09

A Surprising Source: Obama
Cites Positive Results of Iraq War
- 05-07-09

Media Transfer Their Love
From Candidate to President
- 04-30-09

Suttle Campaign Subtly Two-Faced? Or ‘Just Politics’? Voters Will Decide - 04-23-09

If America Is "At War
With Islam," It's Self-Defense
- 04-16-09

Seven Iowans Change Marriage
Tradition For 3 Million Others
- 04-09-09

Will Liberal Democrats Continue
Escaping The Verdict Of History?
- 04-02-09

Multi-Focused President
Upsets Even Liberals
- 03-26-09

Richard Nixon—Appropriate To Recall The Good As Well As The Dark Side - 03-19-09

Not Reducing Mortgage Costs; We’re Simply ‘Modifying’ Them - 03-12-09

Fair Warning From NY Times: Obama’s “Breathtaking Plans” Would “Transform American Society” - 03-05-09

A Look At Academy Awards Nastiness, But First A Plug For My Book, “Life With Marian” - 02-26-09

Let’s Not Move Slot Machine Cancer From Iowa Casinos To Nebraska Race Tracks - 02-19-09

Whiteclay Is Wrong Target;
Aim At Alcoholism Problem
- 02-12-09

For The Best “Stimulus” Formula:
Put Economic Recovery First;
“Remaking USA” Can Wait
- 02-05-09

Journalistic Hounds Are Still
In Full Pursuit Of Bush
- 01-29-09

‘First Black President’ Celebration
Shouldn’t Further Distract Us
From Job We And Obama Face
- 01-22-09

‘Adults In Wonderland’
Need To Get Real
- 01-15-09

Advice For Husker Fans:
Rejoice—But Be Realistic
- 01-08-09

Kennedy Dynasty History
Includes Shameful Chapters
- 12-31-08

Today Some Merry Christmas Thoughts But A Few Political Barbs, Too - 12-24-08

This Time It’s Indians
Who Break The Treaty
- 12-18-08

Me? A Grumpy Old Man?
One Reader Thinks So
- 12-11-08

Obama Steers A Moderate Course
But Congressional Democrats Veer Left
- 12-04-08

Too Many "Non-Blessings"
This Thanksgiving Week
- 11-26-08

Let’s Hear More About
The Principal ‘Crisis’ Victims
- 11-20-08

Color-Blind Issues Voting
Showed No Turn To The Left
- 11-13-08

Election Made History
But Big Questions Remain
- 11-06-08

Today, A Choice of Topics:
Politics Or Football—Or Both
- 10-30-08

Splitting Electoral Votes Good Idea? Then Why Do 48 States Reject It? - 10-23-08

Dems Take 11th Hour Low Road
In 2nd Congressional District Race
- 10-16-08

Another Government “Welfare Program,” Bargain Mortgages, Caused The Crisis - 10-09-08

Words Can Lose Their Meaning
When A Government Program Is Involved
- 10-02-08

—Have We Learned This Lesson?— Crisis Results When Individuals, Encouraged By Financial Institutions, Try To Live Beyond Their Means - 9-25-08

Bonds To Build Four-Lane Highways?
Where Would The Money Come From?
- 9-18-08

Today, a Large Load of Political
Commentary After a Brief Plug For
My Book, ‘Life With Marian’
- 9-17-08

Major News Media Look Bad
In Non-Coverage of
Edwards’ Sex Affair Story
- 9-11-08

Disadvantaged Students Can Be
Helped Without Discriminatory ‘Affirmative Action’
- 9-04-08

My Favorite Olympic Champion?
It Wasn’t Michael Phelps
- 8-28-08

Will Chinese Get Away With
'Out Air Is Clean' Scam?
- 8-21-08

Windmills, Solar Won't Do It;
Time To Get Real On Energy
- 8-07-08

I Doubt That God or Jesus
Have Heavenly Money on Either Team
- 8-07-08

‘Pop Star’ Obama Lacks Experience,
McCain Lacks Clear Campaign Strategy
- 7-31-08

Top Athletes Should
Know When to Quit?
- 7-24-08

Would Odor of Politics
Taint Fire Chief Choice?
- 7-17-08

Will Hospitality, Qwest Center
Lure Swim Trials Back to Omaha?
- 7-09-08

Omaha Stars Again
On National TV Stage
- 7-02-08

Omaha's CWS Reputation
Gets New "Rave Reviews"
- 6-25-08

S.D. Vote Could Lead
To National Abortion Battle
- 6-18-08

Don’t Let Niobrara Go The Way
Of The Republican And The Platte
- 6-11-08

Voters Didn’t Impose Term Limits
To Rid Legislature of Chambers
- 6-04-08

“It’s Our Turn” Pitch Might
Not End With Hillary Defeat
- 5-28-08

Prime Nebraska Political
Battleground This Year:
2nd Congressional District
- 5-21-08

The 'Browning' of America:
How Far Will It Go?
- 5-14-08

Obama ‘Stumbling’ To Victory? - 5-08-08

"Does Homebuyer Bailout
Reward the Irresponsible?"
- 4-30-08

"Was McCain, Not Clinton,
The Real Winner in Pennsylvania?"
- 4-25-08

"Cleaner Skies Advice For Gore:
Pressure On China, More Nuke
Power If Jane Fonda Will Allow It"
- 4-16-08

"Why The Big Fuss Over
Tiny Gasoline Cost Increase?"
- 4-09-08

"Quietly, Nebraska Yields
All-Public-Power Status"
-  4-02-08

"Obama’s ‘Historic’ Speech Left
Big Questions Unanswered "
-  3-25-08

"Overweight Moore Produces
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-  3-19-08

"Bush Sings, Praises Press
At Annual Gridiron Dinner"
-  3-12-08

"Obama Would Be Least
Formidable Opponent For McCain"
-  3-7-08

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"Could Citizen ‘Packing Iron’
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-  2-20-08

"Obama’s Style Without Substance
Exciting, But Is It Presidential?"
-  2-13-08

"Barack Obama and John McCain:
A Major Contrast in Egos? "
-  2-07-08

"‘First Black President’
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-  1-30-08

"Kimball Lauritzen: Think of Her
As Joyous on Some New Dawn"
-  1-23-08

"What 'Tough' Election Contest
Was Ben Nelson Talking About?"
- 1-16-08

"Overhyped New Hampshire
Offsets Overhyped Iowa"
- 1-10-08

"Coach Bo Now Well Welcomed;
Time to Start Thinking of NU Wins"
- 1-2-08

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- 12-25-07

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"Killer Is Getting Just What He Wanted;
Let's Add Anger and
Action to Our Sorrow"
- 12-12-07

"Bo Brings Emotional Fire to NU Job;
Scary News: Huckabee Gain in Iowa"
- 12-05-07

"Callahan Outclasses Loudmouth Critics;
Tom Osborne Treated Him Fairly"
- 11-28-07

"A Thought for Thanksgiving Day:
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- 11-21-07

"Callahan Critics: Is Loss to CU
The Only Way to Satisfy Them?"
- 11-16-07

"Crybaby Fans, Sports Commentators
Distracting Players From Their Job?"
- 11-09-07

"Did Bob Kerrey’s Decision Avoid
the Likelihood of Defeat?"
- 11-02-07

"Nosy Congress Makes
Three Bad Calls"
- 10-26-07

"Is This The Way to Run UNL´s
Athletic Program?"
- 10-19-07

"Right Decision Could
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- 10-12-07

"Stop Trying To Make God A Republican" - 10-6-07

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As I See It
Harold W. Andersen is a retired Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Omaha World-Herald Company. Full biography.

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Not Wall Street But Democratic
Policy Caused Mortgage Market Crash

July 29, 2010

It wasn’t enough that a Democratic majority in Congress had created another welfare-state program to be run by yet another powerful Federal bureau.

President Obama felt compelled to wrap his victory in a package of misleading rhetoric. 

In praising the “financial reform” legislation which creates a new federal bureau and a council of regulators to oversee the nation’s financial system the president declared the legislation will assure that the “American people will never again be asked to foot the bill for Wall Street’s mistakes.”

Some additional regulatory oversight might be in order to discourage repetition of the mistakes which created the still-continuing economic recession.  But the new legislation goes too far, just as the president does in fingering “Wall Street” as the principal villain in the near collapse of the national economy.

Some Wall Street bankers must bear part of the blame, as should some banks and financial institutions which made housing-purchase loans backed by risky mortgages.

But those primarily responsible for the near free-fall of the national economy were Democratic politicians—including Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and leading Congressional Democrats like Representative Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd.

They provided the political pressure which ultimately created a situation under which practically anybody could get a mortgage loan to buy a house and, as the politicians put it, realize the American dream of “owning a home.”

This irresponsible policy resulted in government-subsidized bad mortgage loans which worked their way up through the economic system and wound up in packages which some Wall Street investment bankers sold.

When thousands upon thousands of over-extended borrowers defaulted—predictably defaulted—on their mortgage payments, the Democratic-encouraged cheap mortgage market collapsed, pulling the American economy down with it. 

Incidentally, if every American family is entitled to own a house, where was Big Daddy government when my family needed him?  We lived comfortably in a succession of five modest rented homes (my mother liked fresh surroundings from time to time) and never realized that the federal government owed us a home we owned. 

* * *

Mike Meister, Democratic Candidate For Governor,
Deserves Thanks But Faces Very Long Odds

Mike Meister, the Nebraska Democratic Party’s candidate for governor, deserves thanks from a majority of Nebraskans, as I see it. 

That doesn’t mean a majority of Nebraska voters can be expected to support him November 2.  It means simply that he has taken on a very tough challenge with the result that Nebraska voters will have a choice in voting for governor.  That’s the way the two-party system is supposed to work.

As to the Scottsbluff attorney’s chances of prevailing against popular Republican Governor Dave Heineman who can draw on $1.6 million in campaign funds, as I see it, his chances are somewhere between slim and none.  Consider:

Meister has virtually no statewide name recognition except that which results from recent publicity about his coming to the rescue of a party without a gubernatorial candidate 14 weeks before the election.  He lost his two previous tries for public office—for State Attorney General and for Scotts Bluff County Attorney—by wide margins.

His private-life history includes a recent divorce and part-ownership of a Scottsbluff sports bar which went broke in 2005.  A tax lien of $17,000 was placed on his home in 2005.  It has since been cleared along with other debts incurred in connection with his bar ownership.

But he obviously has political courage and the personal integrity to clear up his debts.

Perhaps the largest problem he faces—and properly so—are the stands he will take as well as the issues which he has indicated he will try to duck. 

School-Financing Proposal Doesn’t Have A Prayer

In a campaign-opening interview, he outlined a public school funding proposal which hasn’t a prayer of enactment, in my opinion.  He said his idea is to end direct state aid to local schools, requiring them to depend on their property tax base, while the state takes over all maintenance and upkeep of public school buildings.

Such a policy, I suspect, would guarantee the opposition of nearly every school board member in the state—board members who are not about to support any proposition which ends support from state sales and income taxes and replaces it with large increases in local property taxes.

Meister said his campaign focus would be on the state’s economy, not on his support of a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, his support of abortion rights or his position on same-sex marriage, for which he has expressed support in the past.

I think it unrealistic for Meister to expect not to be challenged on his views on these issues.  The illegal immigration issue can become a state issue, as evidenced by the action of the Arizona legislature (or a local issue as evidenced by an ordinance recently approved by Fremont voters). 

The abortion issue regularly surfaces in the Nebraska legislature, where it was the subject of two controversial bills this year. 

Same-sex marriages are forbidden by a constitutional amendment overwhelmingly approved by Nebraska voters, but Meister shouldn’t be surprised if there is some reference to his position on this issue as the campaign progresses.

The Nebraska economy, by any of a variety of measurements, has held up much better than the national average in the current economic downturn.  But if Meister thinks he can bring some new perspective to the matter of Nebraska’s economic vitality, let the debate begin. 

* * *

Build A Mosque Where 3,000 Died?
Will Muslims Give Up ‘Holy War’?

I suppose it’s inevitable that one day I will agree with a column written by Leonard Pitts, Jr. of the Miami Herald, whose writings appear regularly on the More Commentary page in the Omaha World-Herald. 

But a Pitts column which appeared in The World-Herald Sunday certainly moved me no closer to agreement with any of his liberal (ultraliberal) views.

Pitts expressed approval of the proposal to build a Muslim mosque in New York City within two blocks of the site of the skyscraper (note:  should it by “skyscrapers”?) into which Muslim-terrorist-controlled airliners crashed almost nine years ago, killing close to 3,000 people. 

Columnist Pitts argues that Muslim terrorism does not reflect the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed and the tenets of the Muslim religion. 

Pitts is simply wrong.  One of the basic beliefs in the Muslim religion is that non-Muslims are, on occasion, proper targets of jihad or “holy war.” 

Muslim belief goes so far as to preach that a Muslim who dies in killing “infidels” in the pursuit of jihad or “holy war” is assured of a place in Muslim heaven—a belief that helps explain the willingness of some Muslims to blow themselves up in suicide bomb attacks on non-believers.

The majority of Muslims may not hold—or at least not be willing to practice—such beliefs.  But how many times have you read or heard of a leading Muslim spokesman unequivocally repudiating the “holy war” component of the Muslim faith? 

To build a mosque two blocks from the place where Muslim terrorists on a “holy war” crusade caused the death of nearly 3,000 people would be inexcusably provocative.  If there is a need for another mosque to accommodate an increasing number of Muslims—including conceivably American-citizen Muslims like the who that have been found plotting to blow up fellow American citizens—the mosque should be built elsewhere.

* * *

Hold The Anxiety Pills—Except
Perhaps On Certain Fall Saturdays

Enough heavy lifting.  A look at some less weighty subjects:

--The Elmwood Road pothole and orange sawhorse, depicted in this column recently, are gone now, replaced by fresh blacktop patching.

I wrote that I wouldn’t miss the pothole but the orange and white sawhorse had become sort of an ornamental neighborhood fixture.  On balance, I’m glad both are gone now.  I interpret this as a recognition by the city street department that Elmwood Road is less a residential street than a much-traveled artery connecting Dodge Street and Underwood Avenue.

--An Omaha businessman has plans to open a new RV camping ground in the vicinity of the new TDAmeritrade Park which next year will become the home of the College World Series. 

The RV park would be reminiscent of the “Dingerville” RV campground which was such a companion feature to the College World Series when played at Rosenblatt Stadium.

To my surprise and disappointment, the proposal wasn’t greeted immediately with enthusiasm by all parties concerned.  Several unnamed parties were quoted as having concern about the RV park’s presence in the north downtown area.

I Need Anxiety Pills Only On Game Day

But the proposed new RV park would be built two miles from the new downtown stadium, near Freedom Park on the Missouri River, out of sight of the new downtown ballpark area.

It seems to me that the proposed RV park should be greeted with the same enthusiasm as the word that a Zesto’s—another popular part of the Rosenblatt/CWS environment—will be built downtown.  Such “companions” are part of the CWS tradition.

--Included in the bag of vials of medicine which I had ordered—I take 13 pills every morning and 10 more at bedtime every day—was one of those detailed, several-page explanation of what a specific drug is designed to do and the cautions you should take in using it.

The pages were devoted to a drug—I can’t remember the unpronounceable name—designed to relieve symptoms of anxiety.

Now I have some anxious moments during some Nebraska football games—watching the Huskers more than once fumble their way to defeat inside the Iowa State five-yard line last season, for example.  But I don’t think I’m the type that needs anxiety pills on a regular basis.  But I will keep that possibility in mind as the Huskers move into a season in which great things are expected of them.

--The headline read:  “Screen time saps kids’ attention spans.” 

Really?  I never would have suspected that.

* * *

One Cocker Withholds Canine Kisses;
Nancy’s Family Has ‘Kissing Fool’

Many readers over the years have told me they particularly enjoy my reports on Marian and/or our dogs, I venture to offer a dog-oriented report today:

It has to do with our six-year-old cocker spaniel, Charlotte, whom we call “The Prom Queen” or simply “Gorgeous” because she is especially pretty, consistently refuses to give me a canine kiss, even when, her paws on my knees, I give her her favorite back-scratching.

Charlotte’s attitude is such a contrast to that of our eight-year-old cocker spaniel, Claire, who comes running and puts her paws on my knees every time she hears me sneeze, then gets a back-scratching which she indicates she appreciates with canine kisses.

I’ve reasoned that perhaps the “Prom Queen,” being the attractive female that she is, doesn’t want to appear to bestow her favors too easily.  But come on, Charlotte.  It’s all in the family, you know.

Incidentally, Charlotte’s reluctance to bestow canine kisses is in sharp contrast to the performance of the two-year-old long-haired chihuahua who lives in the Denver household of our daughter Nancy and our three grandsons.  She is named Samantha but has earned the nickname of “The Kissing Fool.” 

Samantha repays tummy rubs with a torrid of canine kisses, no matter who administers the tummy rub.  She might be called promiscuous, Nancy agrees.

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