Peaches, more peaches and a lot of tasty fruit to all those who lost their lives in our nation’s armed forces during America’s wars. That’s who Memorial Day was intended to honor. If you love the freedoms we have as Americans today, these are some of the people you need to thank. I believe they are smiling when they hear someone say, “Thank you.”

Peaches to all the graduates. You haven’t reached the end, but you’ve reached the end of the beginning. You’re about to discover the great adventure that is life after school.

Peaches to all the teachers and school staff in the county. You just sent off another class of graduates and you are, for the most part, still sane.

Peaches to Mixxed Bloodz MMA. You did Parker proud with your performance at the MMA event May 18 at the BlueWater.

Peaches to one of America’s greatest performers and entertainers, Doris Day. She died last week at the age of 97. She was always America’s “girl next door.” Her signature song, “Que Sera Sera,” remains a classic. The characters she played were strong and independent, but never strident about it. She was an All-American woman.

Peaches to Tim Conway, who also died last week. He possessed one of the greatest gifts a human being can have, the ability to bring joy and laughter to others. From his days on “McHale’s Navy,” to “The Carol Burnett Show,” his movies with Don Knotts, his voice work as Barnacle Boy on “Spongebob Squarepants,” and his “Dorf” series, Conway showed he was one of the funniest people who ever lived.

Peaches to Grumpy Cat, who also died last week. Her real name was Tartar Sauce, and she had a form of dwarfism that caused her face to appear to be in a perpetual scowl. She became the subject of thousands of Internet memes. Despite her appearance, her owners said she was about as sweet and loving as could be.

Pits to people who dump in our beautiful desert. The desert is not a big trash dump. It’s a living eco-system that deserves our respect.

Why should we have all the fun with this? We want to know: who do you think deserves a peach? How about a pit? Send your ideas to the Parker Pioneer, P.O. Box 3365, Parker, AZ 85344. You can also send them to


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