Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Of pitbulls, charlatans and fields of dreams

What is it they say about the more things change the more they stay the same? That's what it seemed like when today's Bakersfield Californian hit on three recurring themes: a pitbull that attacked a 12-year-old girl is saved (should we be proud that pitbull attack stories are the staple of our news on any given day?), the disgraced real estate broker Carl Cole wants his license back, and once again the city is considering building a multi-million-dollar baseball stadium to save a minor league team that struggles to draw more than a few hundred paid fans a night, and all at a time when we have no money to pave roads or build new ones, improve infrastructure or put more cops on the street. It seems like we all deserve better than this.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is that a lot of these pit bulls are raised to hurt and harm. Ever see that movie, "Walker Payne?" Didn't make it big time but movie focuses on a guy who takes his gentle pit bull dog and trains him to be a dog fighter. Once he gets the taste of blood and he is starved to keep that thirst, it's over. My sister has a pit bull... he's like 7 years old and the dog is goofier than her tiny taco bell chihuahua... He has no idea he is pit bull, but again that's because he was raised around kids and love.