Peaches & Pits

Pits to the arsonists who set the brush fires in Australia. Not only are you responsible for human deaths, you’re also responsibility for destroying much of the country’s wildlife habitat. Australia is known for having wonderful wildlife that can’t be found anywhere else. Nice going, firebugs!

Pits to the environmental activists who blamed Australia’s brush fires on climate change. The fact is many of the fires were started by humans. Maybe climate change made the fires worse, but climate change didn’t start them. I suspect these are the same people who claim California’s fires were so bad because of climate change, not because of people building residential homes in areas prone to fires, or decades of poor forest management.

Pits to Congressman Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, for posting a fake photo of Iranian leader Ayatollah Khameini shaking hands with President Barack Obama. He said he meant it as satire, and I have no doubt he did. However, these days, it can be very hard to tell when a photo has been altered. The sayings used to be, “seeing is believing,” and “a picture is worth 1,000 words.” Sadly, that isn’t so anymore.

Peaches to Best in the Desert Racing Association. The Parker 250 was a big success. The organization is known for how well they follow land use and environmental regulations set by the Bureau of Land Management. I’m glad they’re running the races here in Parker.

Peaches to everyone who made the ice skating rink a success. I hope we can get them back for next year, perhaps for a longer period.

Pits to the Golden Globe Awards. Like people still care about these things? They should rename the Golden Globes and the Oscars “Leftists on Parade.” ‘Nuf said.


Peaches to Ricky Gervais and his monologue at the start of the Golden Globes. He said what many people were thinking. You da man, Ricky!

Pits to the Oscars in advance of them being presented. I saw a documentary of how the now disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein used his clout to get his film, “Young Shakespeare in Love” named Best Picture over Steven Spielberg’s war epic, “Saving Private Ryan.” If that doesn’t make you lose all respect for the Oscars, nothing will.

Peaches to the realization you don’t need the crap Hollywood is producing. When I stopped getting cable TV a few years ago, I missed it for a time. Then, when I saw some of what was on television, I realized I wasn’t missing anything. I’d now rather read a book or work on my models.

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 We won’t print your name if you ask us not to, but we do need your name on any submissions.


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