Mr Ed never was a narcissist
DONALD Trump recently described himself as a “stable genius” in an address to the nation. His senior advisers were in attendance.
Mitch McConnell’s reaction suggested to me, you could safely bet the national debt, he wasn’t its co-author.
Donald wasn’t America’s first stable genius. He was at least preceded by Mr Ed, the famous talking horse, a TV series years ago, whose audience extended well beyond the US.
Wilbur, Mr Ed’s screen partner, would lean on Mr Ed’s stable door and engage him in a bit of philosophy, often inverse, self-deprecating and humorous.
Paradoxically, Mr Ed was never a horse’s rear end. I can’t remember presidential staffers referring to him as a “moron” or “idiot”. Donald Trump, on the other hand, can be a bit of a farce. Who else takes a glowing self-written character reference to work, reads it to the entire world, then tells an audience “you are so lucky to have me”.
Neigh, Mr Ed wasn’t a narcissist. I can’t recall him being vain or obtuse, nor was he commander in chief.
Should North Korea and the US leaders meet for dialogue, here’s hoping there’s a child psychologist in the room.
Mr Ed proved that many of us enjoy a sense of the absurd. However, with the increasing prospect that commentary post-Trump’s presidency may belong exclusively to aliens and others not of this world, it might just be taking things a little too far. — Laurie Cronin, Gympie
Pets in scorcher
IT’S hot and getting hotter. While we struggle to cope, let’s not forget our companion animals.
The last two years (2016-17) have set records as the hottest ever.
It’s not even the middle of summer yet, but we are already seeing reports of highways melting and people are being warned that the extreme heat can be a killer.
PETA receives reports every year about animals who suffer horrifying deaths during the summer months.
Never leave an animal in a parked car in warm weather, even for short periods with the windows slightly open.
On even a mild 30-degree day, the temperature inside a car parked in the sun can reach 54 degrees in minutes.
Dogs need their exercise, but in summer, it’s best to do that early in the morning.
Think about the surfaces they will be treading and try to walk on grass or in the shade. You have shoes; they do not.
Make sure they don’t pick up any dropped food – it spoils fast in hot weather. Avoid exercising in the heat of the day – some dogs will keep running until they go into heatstroke.
Dogs can also get sunburnt, particularly if they are pale in colour or like to bake their tummies.
You can use sunscreen, but not the ones with zinc or salicylates as they can be toxic if licked.
Indoor animals can also overheat if they like to sleep near a window; make sure there is somewhere shady they can move to.
And always make sure there is plenty of cool, fresh water for them to drink. — Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia
Coast comes first
THE Business Council Think Tanks were, for the most part, a constructive and welcome initiative which sought to foster greater understanding of collective issues, views and solutions for the overall good of the region (SCD Opinion 09 Jan–” Heads before Hearts on Sekisui development”).
Despite encouraging discussions, a clear “failing” became evident when some developers such as Sekisui
House and Stockland were unwilling to move beyond an entrenched attitude when their particular development aspirations were justifiably challenged.
With Sekisui, it’s their proposal to massively over-develop the sensitive beachside site at Yaroomba with 1000-plus residential dwellings and seven-storey buildings, grossly conflicting with sound planning provisions.
Stockland continue to push their alarming Twin Waters West development on the Maroochy River floodplain and its unacceptable Halls Creek development – a proposed “sister metropolis” to its fast-tracked Caloundra South development.
The Sunshine Coast is fortunate to have an abundance of informed “heads” when it comes to calling out inappropriate developments which threaten our valued environment, character and liveability.
Thankfully, this region has an abundance of “heart”, making it the special place it is and must be into the future. — Narelle McCarthy, Sunshine Coast Environment Council
STABLE GENIUS?: Letter writer says there can be too much absurdity when it comes to President Donald Trump.