Cleo Fields Forever

September 16, 2007

Senator Cleo Fields won his case, arguing that the term limits that apply to everybody else just doesn’t apply to him. Well, technically he’s correct. He won his term prior to the term limits going into effect, however, he didn’t take office until when the seat was vacated with less than half the term in effect. However, Cleo did take the oath of office with over half the term remaining.
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Regardless of what the courts decide, Cleo Fields actions are reminiscent of another high profile elected official, one with more clout than Cleo has.
I’m talking about then Speaker of the House of Representatives Tom Foley. In 1992, the voters of Washington approved a ballot initiative that would put term limits on the elected officials. The man would was just two heartbeats away from becoming the next President of the United States sued the state of Washington insisting that term limits were unconstitutional. He won his case and the judge ruled that Tom Foley could run for additional terms.

But in 1994 the voters let Speaker Foley know how they felt and Foley was the first Speaker of the House to lose his reelection bid since 1862.

What Cleo Fields is doing here may be technically correct, but if the voters of Cleo’s district really what change then what they ought to do is make sure they vote him out. It’s an opportunity for the voters of that district that they too want a better way of life. That they do want a new direction for the state. That their leaders ought to respect the voters and the spirit of the law, even when there is ambiguity in the law.

Cleo has given enough of his time, he’s acquired plenty of wealth while many voters in his district remained in woefully inept economic conditions. It’s time for somebody new. Cleo, if you respect the voters, cease seeking re-election.

Treats to make Fido sit up and beg.

Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service December 30, 2002 | Gallagher, Maria Byline: Maria Gallagher Bored with baking the usual cookies?

Then you obviously haven’t tried making Flea Fighter Fingers, Plaque-Buster Biscuits, Simple Simon’s Birthday Bones, Tuna Tidbits, or Liver Crisps.

Yes, we’re about to discuss rolling out some dough for Fido and baking up a batch for Bootsie.

Why go to the trouble, when you can order twice-baked, carob-dipped Scottie Biscotti ($8.50 a dozen) from Three Dog Bakery (www.threedog.com) or have Yummy Chummies cat treats made with Alaskan salmon (4-ounce bag, $3.49) delivered to your door from www.cattoys.com?

“Just for the fun of it,” said Jennifer Braxton, buyer for Braxton’s Animal Works in Wayne, Pa. “People with children enjoy doing it because it involves the whole family.” About 40 million American households own one or more dogs and 34.7 million have one or more cats, according to a survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, as reported in Animal Sheltering, the magazine of the Humane Society of the United States.

Recipes for homemade pet treats are found even in mainstream cookbooks. Esteemed dessert-maker Maida Heatter included a savory dog-biscuit recipe in “Maida Heatter’s Brand-New Book of Great Cookies” (Random House, $25), published in 1995. And bread guru Bernard Clayton Jr. devoted a short chapter to baking for dogs in “Bernard Clayton’s New Complete Book of Breads” (Simon & Schuster, $30). web site homemade dog treats

Cookie cutters shaped like dog bones, dog breeds, fire hydrants, cars, paw prints, cats, mice and fish are displayed in cookware stores as well as in pet boutiques.

Convenience mixes such as Buddy Biscuits Bake-at-Home Dog Treats and Buddy Biscuits Bake-at-Home Cat Treats are sold with cookie cutters attached, requiring only water, oil and a quick rollout on the countertop before baking.

Some customers have told Braxton that they bake for pets that are allergic to ingredients in packaged treats. Others want to avoid preservatives or artificial colors and flavorings.

Ingredients that most dogs enjoy, and tolerate well, include peanut butter, white meat chicken, lamb, rice and potatoes. (Where’s the beef? Not all dogs can digest it easily.) Cats do well with most types of fish, liver and white-meat chicken.

Before you reach for the cookie sheet, consider this caution from Kathryn Michel, a veterinarian and assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School.

“Animals can overindulge … just like people. They can get GI (gastrointestinal) upsets from the same overindulgence,” she said. “If you start changing their diet and feeding them things they aren’t used to eating, the result can be anything from a mild upset to a very sick animal. You just want to do all things in moderation.” While a small percentage of pets can be hypersensitive to wheat or corn, Michel said, all adult dogs and cats lack the enzyme needed to digest lactose and so may develop gas or diarrhea after consuming dairy products. Soy flour, called for in some treat recipes, can have a similar effect.

“It can be an individual thing with dogs and cats, just the way it is with people,” Michel said. Most dogs can tolerate small amounts of cheese and plain yogurt.

Several foodstuffs should never be given to dogs or cats. In addition to chocolate, which can cause erratic heartbeats, seizures and death, Michel mentioned onions and onion-derived products (such as onion powder, onion salt, onion soup mix and onion flavorings), as well as raisins, grapes and macadamia nuts. homemadedogtreatsnow.com homemade dog treats

A compound in onions called thiosulfate damages the membrane of red blood cells, causing a form of anemia that can be fatal, especially to cats and small dogs. Garlic can have a similar effect, though a pet would need to eat a large amount to become ill. Packaged pet treats that contain small amounts of garlic are not likely to cause a problem, Michel said.

Veterinary journals recently reported several cases of kidney failure in dogs that ate grapes or raisins in amounts ranging from 9 ounces to 2 pounds. That’s worth noting because some widely circulated treat recipes suggest adding raisins to biscuit dough as a variation. There have been no reports of a similar effect in cats.

A dog that snatches a grape or two will be fine, Michel said, but scarfing down a bunch would constitute an emergency.

Macadamia nuts are another product to keep off the coffee table and out of homemade pet treats. A dog that gobbles even a few can develop neurological symptoms such as hind-end weakness, tremors and difficulty walking, Michel said.

Fortunately, the frightening symptoms generally pass within 24 hours. Veterinarians usually give the animal a purgative to hasten recovery.

Be aware, too, that some recipes are inappropriate for pets with special needs. Treats with a lot of salt can be harmful to dogs or cats with heart disease.

The hard, crunchy Plaque-Buster Biscuits included in the MacPherson’s dog biscuit kit cookbook may be fine for a young dog, but not for elderly pets with worn or missing teeth. Anticipating this, the book also includes a recipe for Old Blue’s Softies, a soft treat for dogs who have difficulty chewing.

Many books include low-fat biscuit recipes for dogs and cats. If a pet is overweight, Michel recommends avoiding treat recipes that contain significant amounts of vegetable oil, peanut butter or cheese, or withholding treats altogether until Tigger trims down.

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