Peaches & Pits

Pits to our two major political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats. The Presidential debate left many Americans wondering if Donald Trump and Joe Biden are the best they can do. If they are, then we need new parties, or no parties. Ideas regarding “top two” elections are sounding better all the time.

Pits to President Trump and former Vice President Biden. It was like watching two men in their 70s acting like a pair of four-year-olds. I’d call them a joke, but jokes are supposed to be funny.

Peaches to singer-songwriter Carly Simon for allowing her signature tune, “You’re so Vain,” to be used in a political commercial. The song is aimed at President Trump, and, love him or hate him, you have to admit he’s the type of person Simon was singing about.

Peaches to all teachers and school staff and administrators who are coping and adapting to the rules and guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic. If nothing else, Americans are showing they can adapt. We’ll keep the education of our children going, and no nasty little bug is going to stop that.

Peaches to our local law enforcement officers for delivering all that water to Blake Primary School. This reflects why they became officers in the first place:  they want to help their community. We need to hear more about things like this rather than all the crap one sees in the national media. Despite what some want you to believe, cops really are the “good guys.”

Peaches to the late Gale Sayers. The NFL Hall-of Famer died recently. You may not have heard this, but Sayers and fellow running back Brian Piccolo became the first inter-racial roommates in the history of the Chicago Bears. They became close friends, and showed that love and friendship can transcend race. That seems to be something many people have forgotten today. Sadly, Piccolo died of lung cancer in 1970 at age 26. If you want to see a movie that will make you cry and inspire you at the same time, check out the movie about Sayers and Piccolo, “Brian’s Song.”

Peaches to all the young people I first met as students at Parker High who have become productive members of our community. There are too many of you to mention you all by name. I’m convinced our future is in good hand.

Know someone or something that deserves a peach or a pit? Send your ideas, in 40 words or less, to the Parker Pioneer, P.O. Box 3365, Parker, Ariz. 85344. You can also e-mail them to


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