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A blog is a column is a blog is a column

By Gary Bogue
Friday, January 6th, 2006 at 12:11 pm in blogs, Cats, columns, Wildlife.

I got a call from a man who wanted to know what I write about in this on-line blog (he doesn’t have a computer) and how it differs from the daily newspaper column I’ve written for 35 years in the Contra Costa Times, West County Times, San Ramon Valley Times, East County Times and the Valley Times in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Unlike my columns in which I answer reader questions or write commentary on various and sundry pet, wildlife or environmental issues in a rather rigid framework, a blog (short for "weblog") is like a diary. I can ramble around as much as I want because there’s plenty of space here on the Internet. I’m also making this blog into kind of an extension of my newspaper column. The space I have to write my column on A2 of all the Times’ newspapers is limited, so I can use this blog to print things I don’t have room to print there, like some of the photos that come with reader e-mails and letters, longer letters, etc.

I also plan to run photos here of my wacky cats, Tut and Newman, and to fancy this space up for your future enjoyment with artwork and color photographs from my old wildlife rescue and rehabilitation days, include more webcam links so you can see more live wild creatures, and lots more. The sky’s the limit, you might say. And of course you can click on "comment" at the end of every one of my entries and add your own comments.

If you have ideas on other things I might do with this blog, let’s hear them. If you read this blog regularly, you should also read my column in the Times, or vice versa. If you don’t subscribe to the Times, you can read my column on-line at http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/living/columnists/gary_bogue

So shall we let the games begin, as they say?

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6 Responses to “A blog is a column is a blog is a column”

  1. Catherine Tucker Says:

    Hi Gary,
    You brought the horse slaughter issue to my attention about a year ago in a round about fashion when you mentioned wild mustangs were being rounded up and taken off public lands. That in turn lead me to the fact that over 10,000 horses are slaughtered each year and sent over seas where they are consumed by people. I find this hard to believe as Americans we have outlawed the consumption of horse meat, but because the slaughter houses are owned by foreign-owned companies our government allows our horses to be slaughtered and exported.

    Last year an amendment was passed by the House (249 to 159) and by the Senate (68 to 29) that was considrered to stop horse slaughter because all meat must be inspected by the USDA in order for it to be sent out of the country.

    The Amendment would have stopped the horse sluaghter. But the Belgian companies will be allowed to pick up the tab and allow the foreign companies to pay for the inspection with private funds.

    On January 17, 2006, 40 a group of Senators and representatives sent a letter to SEcretary of Agriclutre, Mike Johanns, accusing the USDA of “direct defiance of Congressional intent.”

    Right now there are 2 bills waiting in committee to be voted on, they are H.R. 503 and S1915. Either of those bills will permantly ban horse slaughter, stop the exportation of the meat and will stop the exportation of the horses or their meat for human consumption.

    I would appreciate it if you could bring this issue to light. Thanks

  2. Jessica Humphrey Says:

    Hi Gary,
    I have a question about one of the comments regarding the 2 bills in committee that could possibly stop horse slaughter. I don’t know much about them but do you think they would really stop horse slaughter in the US or will live horses just be shipped over the border to be slaughtered?

  3. Sandra LaCoss Says:

    I just found out about the Horse Slaughter in this Country 6 mths ago, and I cannot tell you how HORRIFIED I was to learn hOW MANY AND HOW THESE MOST MAGNIFICENT TREASURES ARE BUTCHERED IN THESE SLAUGHTERHOUSES. It AMAZES ME HOW ANY HUMAN BEING CAN SAY THIS IS HUMANE. THEY MUST NOT HAVE ALL THEIR MARBLES!!! I WILL NEVER QUIT FIGHTING FOR OUR PRECIOUS HORSES, OUR AMEICAN ICONS. I am an animal Lover, but if any ANIMAL DESERVES TO BE PROTECTED, IT IS OUR EQUINE TREASURES!!!! THEY HAVE SERVED US FAITHFULLY FOR TOO MANY YEARS. UNTIL THEY ARE SAFE!!

  4. Nancy Says:

    Gary:
    Can I water my boston fern that has a dove nest in it?

  5. Jennifer Champion Says:

    Gary-
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get a turkey to cross the road? One seems to have wandered across the street from Diablo Creek Golf Course. This bird sees her reflection in the mirrored columns in front of the building and thinks it has a friend. I really think she needs to get back to her flock so she can have a meaningful relationship. She has been loitering around the building for about 6 weeks. What do you suggest?
    -Jennifer

  6. Gary Bogue Says:

    Jennifer: There’s really not much you can do if that turkey wants to be there. She can fly and run and if you chase her away she can fly/run right back after you leave. And I don’t think you’re going to get them to remove the mirrored columns. The turkey will eventually move on. She may also not have a flock, or she could have been chased away from her normal flock by other turkeys that didn’t want to have her around. It happens. She’ll see some other turkeys walking by and join them, or just wander off. Thanks for caring. /Gary

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