Peaches & Pits

Peaches to all the Parker High seniors, local government officials, and businesses who participated in Parker Elks Youth Day. It’s great to see so many young people who want to learn how our American system works, and to see so many people willing to show them how it works. These are our future leaders, and it’s good for them to know how the system works before they go out into the adult world.

Peaches to the cooks at the Parker Elks Lodge. Every time I’ve had a meal over there, I’ve always been satisfied. I always enjoy the hamburgers they make for the Elks Youth Day Luncheon. I know it isn’t easy feeding that many hungry teenagers.

Peaches to the stewards at the Kentucky Derby who had a tough decision to make. They ruled that the horse that finished first, Maximum Security, interfered with the paths of other horses in the race, and was disqualified. Country House was declared the winner. To make such a decision in what is the most prestigious horse race in America, if not the world, took a lot of something called guts.

Pits to President Donald Trump for blaming “political correctness” for the Derby decision. He griped that the best horse didn’t win the race. That’s because the best horse broke the rules. I could say something about President Trump and how he regards rules, but I won’t.


Peaches to the Parker Broncs softball team for a fun, wild, roller-coaster ride of a season. You never knew what was going to happen next. They beat some teams they weren’t supposed to, and they earned some respect. They never gave up, even when they were 10 runs down. They played with a lot of heart and looked like they were having fun out there.

Peaches to the Parker Broncs baseball team for a spectacular season. This team functioned like a well-oiled machine, and, like the girls, they looked like they were having fun out there.

Peaches to the Parker Broncs track team and their performance at the state meet. They didn’t have any state champions, but they had many in the top 10, putting them among the elite athletes of the state.

Peaches to the Parker Broncs golf team. They cut more than 40 strokes off their average team score for a match. They’re learning how the game is played. Golf is an easy game to understand, but a very difficult game to master.

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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