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The Consumer Vision

July/August, 2009

Publisher, Bob Branco

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Proposed Hugging Ban in School
It Pays To Complain
GOT BREAKFAST?
CUTTING CALORIES CORNER
Did You Say, "Midget?"
Spring and Summer Rains
Is Massachusetts in the Bathroom?
My Country As I See It
Message Overkill
A Brighter Tomorrow
A Dream Come True (Part Two)

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Proposed Hugging Ban in School

By Bob Branco

With everything going on in this country right now which affects us as a human race, you would think that the law-makers would devote all of their time to fixing these problems. Well, I guess some lawmakers are bored stiff. I don't know what city it is, but their local school system wants to ban hugging in class, and, if they're not successful at banning hugs, they want to limit the length of time you hug someone. So, in other words, if I go to that school and decide to hug my classmate, someone has to stand behind us with a stop watch. I thought, according to psychologists, it's very healthy and beneficial to hug someone five times a day. I guess this particular school system would prefer that you wait until you get home.

Can the legislation please stop being so picky? I can't wait to find out the school system's reason for wanting to prohibit hugging in class. This is going to be outrageous; I know it!

Some people believe that the reason why this particular school system wants to ban hugging is because of fear that the hugging will lead to more intimate activities. I am willing to guarantee these school officials that preventing hugging in class won't stop anything that the kids may want to do later. I attended Perkins School for the Blind, which is a private school. Most of the students lived on campus, so their activities were monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, either by the principal, the study hall supervisor, the house parent, the dean, etc. While I was a student, you could not kiss or hold anyone's hand without being punished, yet several girls ended up pregnant anyway. If this happens at a private school where no one goes home all week, how can anyone think that they can control behavior at a public school, where kids only spend several hours before going home? Are these school officials next going to suggest that the students don't hug after school either in case something more intimate happens?

It's been suggested that the proposed hugging ban will prevent the display of emotion between students. If that's true, I have a question for these school officials. Have they turned on the television lately or listened to today's music? Every other television channel shows couples who are extremely intimate, most of whom have very little clothing on. A great deal of the lyrics of today's music encourages sexual activity! How can a lawmaker expect to compete with what society is offering the kids outside of school? The problem does not originate in class, it's a social issue that needs to be addressed on a more general level. If I go to a public school and restrain myself from hugging my classmate all day, doesn't anyone realize that if I wanted, I will try to make up for it when I go home? The only part of a student's life that these officials want to control is six hours per day. There are 18 other hours in the day for kids to do things and, as I said, if girls were getting pregnant at a residential private school, despite the fact that they weren't allowed to kiss or hold hands with boys, then how can a law which stops hugging for six hours a day do much at all?

The best way to teach a student about hugging, intimacy, and sex, is to have the proper education, either in school or at home. I am very proud to say that I received a quality education on this subject in the eighth grade, and I learned my lessons very, very well. Constant communication with a child about this subject is very beneficial, because now we're talking about how the child spends his life, not just a few hours a day in class.

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It Pays To Complain

By Karen Crowder

Sunday night, May 17, my friend and I were looking forward to going to the Longhorn steak house in Leominster. It is a chain that came to us in 2003 and has always given us outstanding service. We walked in on this cool evening to the sounds of country music, and the polite hostess promptly seated us. We were given Braille menus the server came over asking us a very odd question. "What do you want to drink?" We told her and minutes later glasses were unceremoniously put at our places. Usually a server will tell us where the glasses are, and I noticed we did not have straws. We read the menu trying to decide among all the delectable dishes on the menu.

There were several new surf-and-turf dishes, fillet mignon and lobster tails with melted butter, crab bake with a rich cheese sauce steak with wine sauce and portabella mushrooms. Twenty minutes went by and the same server came back asking us what we wanted. I ordered the salmon and my friend ordered chili and chicken. I had ordered the French onion soup, and our orders came in a

few minutes. I had her take the cheese off the soup and my friend enjoyed the chili. We had the main dishes but they were served without friendliness. I ordered key lime pie for desert, and the server brought our check. We told her we would need assistance in leaving the restaurant because my friend has a walker. We got no assistance and left disappointed because of the bad service.

This morning I called the restaurant to tell of my experience. The man was very nice, and he is sending me out a gift card to use at the restaurant.

So it does pay to complain; the results can be pleasant.

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COASTLINE NUTRITION NEWS Kimberly Ferreira, MS, RD, LDN Coastline Elderly Services, Inc.

GOT BREAKFAST?

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day."

Breakfast.you either love it or hate it! Many people brush off breakfast for reasons such as, "I'm not a morning person" or "I can't eat that early in the morning."

Whatever the reason - studies show that breakfast eaters are more likely to consume more vitamins and minerals, have better weight control, more energy and even improved memory. The benefits of breakfast are endless!

Take a few minutes each day to jump start your metabolism, start your day off right and set yourself up for lifelong benefits to your health!

Have a hard time adding breakfast to your morning to-do list? Need some ideas on what to eat?

Skip the high fat, high calorie options such as donuts, scones, croissants, biscuits, sausage, bacon and cream cheese.

Focus on fruit, whole grains, low-fat protein and dairy foods.

KEEP IT HEALTHY, SIMPLE & BASIC:

? Oatmeal

? High fiber cereal with skim or 1% milk

(Raisin Bran, Cheerios, Shredded Wheat or Total)

? Egg Beaters (cholesterol free) or egg whites with veggies, low fat cheese & a whole wheat pita

? Whole wheat English muffin or bagel with cream cheese, peanut butter or hummus

? Low fat yogurt or cottage cheese and fruit

? Make a smoothie with your favorite fruit & yogurt

? Grilled cheese and tomato sandwich on whole-wheat toast or leftover slice of veggie pizza

With so many tasty foods to choose from, starting your day with breakfast should be a welcomed treat!

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CUTTING CALORIES CORNER

Did you know? 1 ounce of pork bacon has 130 calories & 10 grams of fat, while 1 ounce of turkey bacon has only 70 calories & 5 grams of fat.

Switch to turkey bacon & save 60 calories & 5 grams of fat per ounce. However, despite the lower calories & fat, turkey bacon has 360 mg of sodium per ounce, so limit your portions.

Please contact me with any questions at (508) 999-6400 x194 or email: ksferreira@coastlineelderly.org

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Did You Say, "Midget?"

By Bob Branco

There are a lot of issues that Americans need to pay attention to, such as the unemployment rate, high taxes, a bad economy, international problems, etc., yet some of our legislators have nothing better to do than to ask us to lobby with the Federal Communications Commission to ban the use of the word "midget" from radio broadcasts. I assume that a group of small people initiated this process. If we can't use the word "midget", then what do they suggest we say? Do we refer to short people as "vertically challenged" or "height deprived?" Second of all, why would anyone be so determined to keep radio stations from saying "midget", while some of these same stations play the filthiest music I've ever heard. The music tells you when to have sex, how to have it, how good it feels, etc., along with a graphic description of certain body parts which I won't mention. However, we're only supposed to be concerned that we not say "midget" on the air, despite how our children are being corrupted by other aspects of radio and television.

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Spring and Summer Rains

By Karen Crowder

I stood in front of the door to my apartment complex waiting for a cab. It was an early March evening and the smell of rain lingered in the air. After a summer rain, the air smells like this: the grass is still wet, and the pine trees are still damp from its moisture. It freshens the air with that indescribable smell. Some say it's ozone, but I prefer to call it fresh greening grass and pine, perfume from the sky. God made this so we can appreciate this smell, even in early March. You start thinking of greening grasses and budding trees. Flowers are poking their heads out of the ground, and the smell of rain air brings the promise of spring and summer.

Then there is the smell of rain after you come home from the lake or beach. It is often followed by loud claps of thunder and brilliant flashes of lightning. The heat and humidity will, for a time, be gone.

The cooling rains freshen the air better than any commercial freshener.

They have tried to bottle the smell of Spring rain but nothing smells like God's rain, making us think of these two seasons to come. Their promise is in the freshening rain and the slowly greening grass.

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Is Massachusetts in the Bathroom?

By Bob Branco

The Massachusetts legislators are at it again. They must be bored. I heard on a local talk show that a group of legislators are trying to pass a law in Massachusetts allowing men and women to share the same public restrooms. I can't believe this! What if you and your family were out to dinner at a restaurant, and suddenly your eight-year-old daughter needs to use the restroom. Then you notice a tall muscular man following her into that same restroom. Do you see where I'm going with this? There are several reasons why I think men and women should have their own restrooms, and I am totally shocked that some of the legislators in Massachusetts would even consider combining both genders like that. I know society is changing, but let's not overdo it. I, for one, would like to keep traditional values. They meant something then, and they still mean something now.

Instead of legislators trying to stick guys and girls in the same bathroom, why don't they mandate talking prescription bottles for the blind, get more bus and train service throughout the state, cut taxes, help us find jobs, or just make life safe for all of us?

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My Country As I See It

By Jean Marcley

October 9, 2002

We have been in Bonita, California, for a while now. Dwaine has been going to the dentist and, since I had a tooth that cracked, I thought I would join him. Going

to the dentist in Tijuana, Mexico (or Baja) is quite a different experience than in the States. At least as far as my personal experiences go. That is not to say it is unpleasant, just different.

The dentist, Dr. Marco Bogarin, speaks English very well, so there is no language barrier. The waiting room is bright and white and clean with several hard chairs, no soft leather couches in this place. When I was ushered into the office I was surprised to find that the receptionist's desk and the treatment area were separated only by a half wall. The receptionist doubles as the dental assistant, and there is another woman who is a dental technician of some sort.

The treatment area has no doors, just another half wall separating it from the coffee break area. There are two dentist's chairs in that area and the dentist has a wheeled stool he scoots back and forth on between patients.

He numbed my mouth and while he was waiting for it to take effect, he drilled on the patient's teeth who was in the other chair. He spoke English to me and Spanish to her. He changes latex gloves every time he changes chair sides.

He and his staff are just as careful about hygiene as I have ever witnessed in the states. The whole attitude about getting one's teeth worked on is much more casual. In fact, Dwaine sat in a chair watching us the whole time as I did when Dwaine was being worked on. He takes phone calls and then changes gloves again. He did not talk on the phone while he was working on my tooth or anyone else's.

I now have a temporary crown and will go back in one week for the permanent crown. The root canal is done - all in one visit, mind you. I had a root canal in NY and it took three visits. That is three times getting my mouth numbed, sitting in that chair for a long time, getting a temporary filling only to have it drilled out again; and it cost over $400 without a crown and that was ten years ago. This one is $160 and includes the exam and a cleaning! It is cheaper than some dental insurance.

I did take the dog with us because I did not want to leave him home for an unknown period of time. We had no trouble crossing the border in either direction. No one even bothered asking for his rabies shot certificate or guide-dog ID or anything. In fact, it was as though he were invisible. I was surprised after all I had heard about crossing the border with an animal.

When we leave here, we'll be making tracks for Bradenton, Florida, and the arrival of my sixth grandchild. I sure hope we get there before she arrives.

Desiree Jean has arrived! Her Mommy, Deborah, had a C-section after being induced and not having any success after about 20 hours. She weighed in at 10 lbs. 11.6 oz. and is 22 inches! She is beautiful and BIG!!!

Deborah is doing just fine. She is so happy it is over. Danny watched the delivery and said he couldn't believe how big she was when the doctor was taking her out of Debbie. Everyone is just thrilled. Needless to say, I have a big smile on my face and so does Dwaine.

February 6, 2003

After we left Bradenton, Florida, at the end of December, we headed east to Zolfo Springs to an SKP RV Park where we met our friends Jim & Donna. They are assistant

managers there for the winter. We were welcomed right into their group and joined them for happy hours and brunch on New Year's Day.

Dwaine & I did go to the dance at the clubhouse on NYE, danced a little, I had a couple of beers, and then we headed home before midnight. We did not know anyone at the dance and have a hard time staying up after dark!

We headed east again and visited my cousin, Vivian, another cousin and her husband, Yvonne & Fred, in Stuart, Florida. We had a nice visit and Yvonne and I had a ball at the local thrift store. Fill a bag for $5 - what fun!!! Yvonne and Fred are both great cooks and we enjoyed lots of good meals there and had lots of laughs.

Yvonne made a cake called "calamundin." What is a calamundin? A fruit that looks like a little orange. It is very sour. Somehow Yvonne purees them and makes them into the most delicious cake with a tart glaze on it that is very delicious. Not too many people we have spoken to, including native Floridians, have any idea what a calamundin is. My sister-in-law, Donna, said she had them in Mexico. So now you know what a calamundin is.

From there we headed to the Tampa Super RV show and walked our feet off for a day. We finally got to see one of those $1.5 million "Prevost" motor homes. It looked like the interior decorator was Elvis. Very tacky lights everywhere; rather like a bordello. The refrigerator (side-by-side) even had mirrors on the front of the doors. To each his own, I guess. If I had that kind of money to spend on an RV, it would be decorated by Martha Stewart.

We headed back to Debbie's so we could watch my grandson, Mark, march in the MLK parade with the Jr. ROTCs on Jan 18. On Jan 17 we met with a group from Unity Church to go dancing. The last time we went dancing in Bradenton, the music was country, so I was planning on more of the same. Well, just knock me over with a feather - there was a live band, if you can call three people a band. With the help of electronics, they sounded like a full-size band and played stuff from the '50s. We were just thrilled and danced everything that was swing or slow - no cha cha's or waltzes. We had a great time.

Saying "later" to Debbie, Danny, Mark, and Desiree was much more difficult this time. Desiree did giggle for me, so that made my day, week, month. Every time she saw Dwaine, she would smile the biggest smile. She already is getting Grandpa wrapped around her finger (not me, though - smile).

We stopped at Bushnell at another SKP (a club we belong to) RV park, and I took a couple of line-dance lessons. I sure do love line dancing. Dwaine got to shoot some pool, so we were both happy. We headed to Ocklawaha (in the middle of the Ocala National Forest) to visit our friends Judith & Duane. We had a great visit and hope they sell their house soon so they can join us on the road.

We started our trek west and landed in Panama City to meet with Connie & Bruce. They are a couple we met in Lancaster, Calif., last year, and have kept in touch with since then. We parked in a wooded lot and were made to feel at home by all the neighbors. Connie's parents invited us for meals (incredibly delicious) and treated us as family. We attended a "pickin" at church and Connie played the fiddle and, later on, sang with her brother, Larry. It was real down-home music with banjos, base fiddles, guitars, mandolins, and a washboard along with Connie's fiddle. What a great place to live.

We were lucky enough to be able to meet up with another couple we met in our travels in Defuniak, Fla. We had lunch with Joyce & Al and caught up on the last year and a half. It was great to see them. When we met them, they were not an item yet. In fact, they danced for the first time at the "Fun Days" rally where we all met. That was in Wisconsin. It is so much fun meeting people and then getting together again someplace else in the country.

Now we are going to Summerdale, Alabama. We'll pick up some of that delicious Royal Red shrimp while we are there. It's the only place we have ever found it. It is the best shrimp we've ever eaten. It tastes just like fresh lobster tail. MMMM.

We are on our way to Boerne, Texas, to a rally for the Freightliner RV Haulers Club we belong to. It should be fun.

Please let me know if you like these travel stories. You can email me at jmarcley@juno.com

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Message Overkill

By Bob Branco

Sometimes I think companies put out messages that are so wordy that you have to wonder if they want to draw the messages out just to hear themselves talk. This morning I called someone who happens to no longer have their phone number. The message said as follows: "Welcome to Verizon Wireless. The number you dialed has been changed, disconnected, or no longer in service." Don't the terms, "Disconnected" and "No longer in service" mean the exact same thing? It's almost as if I said to you, "I'm either out of the house or not at home." Think about it.

Hello, I'm Pastor Darryl Breffe. You can call me Darryl. Thank you for taking the time to read the religious column here at The Consumer Vision.

In This Column, I not only present the gospel, I will bring you items that will make you think, give praise and get some laughs too.

If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to write them to the staff here at The Consumer Vision. My thanks to Robert Branco the publisher.

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A Brighter Tomorrow

LOVE DOES NOT DELIGHT IN EVIL

"Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in truth." 1 Cor. 13:6

When we are careless or complacent in our spiritual journey, Satan cunningly finds a crack in the door' and invades our lives with destructive thoughts, attitudes, and finally the act' which is so devastating. Paul admonishes ... "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." [Eph. 6: 10-12]

How did you react when sin was committed by someone? So often we respond in judgment, in criticism, in scorn ... rather than in compassion, understanding, and grace. A fall from grace should be an occasion of driving us to our knees in prayer and intercession for the fallen one with a heart of compassion.

Matthew said ... "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured unto you." [Matt. 7: 1-2] How quick we are to see evil and sin in others, when often, we are guilty of the same in our own lives. Matthew said ... "First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." [Matt. 7: 5]

We do not realize our own vulnerability to sin and Satan. "Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." [1 Cor. 10:12] Let us be very careful to search our own hearts so we may "walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God." [Col. 1:10]

What was your reaction when some of our Evangelical Leaders fell into sin or the evils of abuse by the many Catholic Priests were revealed? I mention these, because they were in the forefront of society as representatives of Jesus Christ. They should represent the "standard" God has set forth in His Word for godly living.

Do we take some "strange pleasure" in their dreadful downfall, as if we place ourselves "above" such evil, and not capable of committing the same thing? God forbid! When someone falls, especially a rival, or one whom we regard as superior ... are we quick to judge that person and criticize his misfortune? Evil, whatever label it wears, (jealousy, envy, an unforgiving spirit, hate, anger, etc.) is an abomination to God. Paul says ... we should "mortify the deeds of the flesh" [put them to death ... give no place to them in our lives]. Godly Love does "not take pleasure" in seeing these sins in others. We should be "driven to prayer, lifting the fallen one before the Throne of Grace," that there might be repentance and reconciliation to God, and restoration to man.

James says ... "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you." [Jas. 1:19-21]

"Search me O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." [Ps. 139:23-24]

Stu

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A Dream Come True

By Lucille Burkhardt

- Part Two

This article is a continuation of Lucille's description of her move from Watertown, Massachusetts to Little Rock, Arkansas.

After disembarking the train, it didn't take long for the then-assistant manager of our new apartment complex to find us. As promised, she treated us to breakfast at IHOP. I couldn't believe the sizes of the omelet and juice I received. In fact, I had to refuse half of them, as I could not finish them.

After eating, we checked into Motel 6. Because it was a little bit early, we stayed warm in the car and tried to catch a few Z's. When we finally arrived at Motel 6, after paying the equivalent of one person's stay because we were short on funds, we caught up on those Z's.

On the next day, November 30th, Paul was able to complete the payment for our stay, which went from Thursday, November 29th to Monday, December 3rd.

We couldn't believe how quickly we got into an apartment. What they do here is determine as to whether you have a clean record and that you're financially sound, whether you are local or from out of state.

The reason we decided to move to Arkansas was because I had attended the Arkansas Enterprises for the Blind, now known as Lions' World Services for the Blind. I liked the staff and the facility so much, and developed many friendships. I felt so at home, upon arrival. After visiting North Carolina twice, I decided that the South was for me. We had applied for an apartment around July 2007, and had one by September. We had the choice of 1401 or 101, and we chose the latter. We are in a 14-story high-rise, featuring 24-hour security and a talking elevator with Braille markings. We also have a very large community room that holds 98 people comfortably and 150 pushing it. We also have a room designated as a library, containing several large tables and a piano. The community room also contains a piano.

We also have a unique mailbox system. Across from each individual mailbox, each person has a large box for holding packages. If there are packages, the key to open the large box is placed in the individual's own mailbox.

All the residents are issued key cards which, when pointed directly at a machine in the vestibule, will open the outside front and back doors to the building. We also, of course, have both apartment and mailbox keys. It should be pointed out that the key cards, consisting of a laminated card with a slot on top, will open either front or rear entrances when inserted into a slot on a machine located to the left of each entrance.

We are really enjoying the southern hospitality. It's second to none. Of course, we do miss a little bit of Boston, but with all we have accomplished in such a short time, we wouldn't go back.

Each of these high-rise buildings has a name. This one is called Parris Towers. Another is called Cumberland Towers; both of these are for people 50 and older. The third one is known as Powell Towers, for people under 50 years of age. Each of these buildings has a service called SCAT, which stands for Senior Citizen Activities Today. Dues are $10 per couple, or $5 per person. Parris Towers has two other organizations. One is the Residence Advisory Board, which has closed meetings. The other is the Residence Advisory Council, which has meetings open to the public. Our building also has floor captains, except for the first floor, as we are the only residents. We did have a next-door neighbor, but because he was problematic, he was evicted. Believe it or not, this building is 36 years old, and has no structural steel.

I must say we've had a bit of excitement in here from time to time with people setting off the alarms. We actually have a talking alarm system and a PA system, and announcements are made periodically, except on week-ends. If you're hoping to get something done quickly in the area of maintenance, forget it. There is no such word as "shortly." An example of this was when we did not have hot water on Sunday morning. By nightfall, it was back.

Another thing you must know about much of the South is that it's not only spread out, but it is extremely rural. Transportation is sometimes hard to come by. As far as taxicabs, they are a bit costly, to say the least. We only have one taxi company in Little Rock. The cab drivers are independent contractors. We've gotten a few breaks from some of them. All in all, we wouldn't change a thing.

By the way, did you know that Arkansas is referred to as the Natural State? On the same note, I had a recording from two compact disc albums which was titled "Arkansas, Land of Opportunity," which it was once called. That song, recorded by Glen Campbell, an Arkansan, inspired me to move here.

I'm so impressed with the graciousness of so many of the Little Rock residents. For example, after leaving a bank or store, someone will come up to us and gently escort us into whatever vehicle or building we need to get to, without being forceful. Paul and I have never had so many people address us as "Sir" or "Ma'am" before, regardless of whether or not they knew us. I truly believe that, as long as a person likes you, they will remember you. A friend told me that as long as you treat a Southerner with respect, they'll bend over backwards for you. It's true that you can't get along with everyone, but you do the best you can. I've always had a really good impression of Southerners and still do. My aunt, who resides in North Carolina, says that a lot of people there are not too friendly, which surprises me because I always thought that all Southerners were. It's what you make them. I've never been so happy before, and as a side bar to this, Paul and I have decided to adopt a dog. I decided this because of an article I read in People Magazine about puppy mills. I was so inwardly angry that I decided I wanted to help one animal out. After doing some

research, I decided to use the services of a professional dog trainer. She's a neighbor of an associate who knows a security guard here. Please pray

for us that things go well with the adoption. I don't know if any other blind people have ever adopted pet dogs, as opposed to guide dogs. One

thing I'd never do is adopt a pet from a kennel because you never know what disease the dog might have. We talked to several people from the Pulaski County Humane Society and somewhere along the way, in our research efforts, it was suggested that we adopt a cat, which I completely vetoed because of things I'd heard about them from a friend, whom in my opinion wasn't a responsible pet owner. She refused to attach a collar and bell to the cat which, to me, is a very stupid excuse. I know that cats can become quite affectionate, but I will not have one scratching my furniture. Besides,

dogs are social animals which is how we'd prefer it. We know it will take some time, but it will certainly be worth the wait. I've gotten lots of familial support for my decision. There's been just a little concern about the dog possibly having an accident in the house, but if everybody else can have one, so can we. If anyone has any doubts, then they don't know us like

they think they do. Sometimes it's so easy for people to judge. What they're not seeing is the package. They just look at the wrapping.

I really don't think any blindness organization will completely change society's views. Let's just learn how to get along with one another and

stop all this fighting. Life is much too short, and this does a disservice

to our Maker.

The Consumer Vision Trivia Contest

Here is the answer to the trivia question submitted in the May/June edition

of the Consumer Vision.

The last time the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup was in 1972. Congratulations to the following winners:

Jan Colby of Brockton, Massachusetts

Mike Silva of New Bedford, Massachusetts

Alan Soule of Wilton, Maine

And now, here is your trivia question for the July/August Consumer Vision.

On the television series "Leave It To Beaver," name Beaver's first two elementary school teachers.

If you know the answer, please E-mail bobbranco93@gmail.com or call 508-994-4972.

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