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Kids’ views of fishes: Submitted by a reader. I think it was the anon J.F.

1. This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles. (Kelly age 6)

2. Some fish are dangerous. Jellyfish can sting. Electric eels can give you a shock. They have to live in caves under the sea where I think they have to plug themselves to chargers. (Christopher age 7)

3. Oysters’ balls are called pearls. (James age 6)

4. If you are surrounded by sea you are an island. If you don’t have sea all around you, you are in continent. (Wayne age 7)

5. I think sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily Richardson. She’s not my friend no more. (Kylie age 6)

6. My uncle goes out in his boat with pots and comes back with crabs. (Millie age 6)

7. When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the ocean. Sometimes, when the wind didn’t blow, the sailors would whistle to make the wind come. My brother said they would be better off eating beans. (William age 7)

8. I like mermaids. They are beautiful and I like their shiny tails. How do mermaids get pregnant? (Helen age 6)

Fostering animals: This comes from Kira Swaim, the program director of AnimalSave. “Helping one animal won’t change the world, but surely the world will change for that one animal. Our wonderful foster parents open their hearts and homes to dogs and cats in need of shelter, love, vet care, training or socialization. Imagine the phone ringing and hearing that a female dog was just found in a blackberry bush having given birth to 12 puppies! Thanks to our foster program and our relationship with rescue organizations, we placed both the pups and the mom (appropriately named Patience) immediately in foster homes and later found permanent homes for all of them. This is a tribute to all the selfless, amazing foster parents out there. I wish I could list you all. The animals thank you! But, unfortunately, the number of foster homes is never enough. Please help the animals and become a foster parent today with us or any organization. Go to or call 271-7071 to get involved in the AnimalSave foster program.”

Musings from Terry Lamphier: “I was recently walking along one of Grass Valley’s streets and noticed water overflowing onto the street from a backed up city drain which goes under the street – and under the drain-cleaning business across the street! … Don’t you think it is kind of interesting that Grass Valley streets are such an important part of our economic health – workers use them to go to work to earn money, shoppers use them to shop and provide tax revenue, tourists use them to come into town to spend money – yet we can’t capture any of that wealth to FIX them?” (Terry, have you driven on Boulder Street or Nevada Street in Nevada City? Yikes!)


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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