Get a flu shot

We simply don’t know any better way to put this than to be direct: Get a flu shot.

Reasons abound, not the least being your health. People, after all, die from the flu every year. But consider, also, the health of others. We live in a county with a above-average senior population, and a county with an above-average disability population. Hence it’s not just a question of you getting sick, it’s a question of you getting people around you sick, especially people who aren’t as well equipped to deal with infections as you, tough guy.

It’s about more than you. You get the flu shot, you’re less likely to get someone else sick.

They give the things darn near everywhere (check with your pharmacist if you’re too busy to see the doctor), it takes less than three minutes including paperwork, you’ll make it through winter intact, nothing but win here. Still confused? Call the Health Department. They’re helpful, just like you, the helpful person who got a flu shot so they wouldn’t spread sickness.

And thank you.

Knives and spoons

Our Crabtree correspondent reports the first persimmon readings are in, and it’s looking like a cold, wet, winter.

Oh dear. Us, we pay more attention to the wooly worms (this is not an editorial position as much as a personal one) but have yet to see all that many this year. Still, persimmon reading is enough for us to start digging out the winter coats. We acknowledge those members of the persimmon camp have a point, and we are keeping a cautious eye on the weather.

Taking this further, about the time this issue comes off the press we’ll have significant rain in the area. Coupled with the storm coming into Florida as we type this, we are preparing for the wet in advance of the cold.

Stay dry y’all.

Adoption fees for dogs

Here in case you miss it with the pet-of-the-week story: The Clinton SNYP animal shelter is, in honor of National Dog Adoption Month, lowering dog adoption fees to a flat $50.

So there, for $50 you bring a dog home. We’ve long been fans of shelter dogs as housepets, and here’s a chance for you to find out why, and for a low fee.

Thank you to the community, by the way, for stepping up during the Roadkill Cookoff and Gospel Fest with purchases and donations to SNYP.

Deuteronomy 13: 1- 5 (NIV)

Worshiping Other Gods

If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. 5 That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. That prophet or dreamer tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.