• NBC News re­ported Mon­day that up to 40 Democrats are plan­ning to run for U.S. pres­i­dent in two years. The list in­cludes fresh faces and old warhorses. It’s be­ing re­ported that Hil­lary plans to run, which may not work out when you re­mem­ber that in the last cam­paign she couldn’t even walk.

• French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron re­treated on his en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly fuel tax that he’d levied to com­ply with the cli­mate ac­cords. A week of Paris burn­ing and ri­ot­ing from out­raged French­men backed him down. It’s the first time in mod­ern his­tory that France sur­ren­dered to France.

• Mikhail Gor­bachev said world peace was in jeop­ardy as Rus­sia threat­ened to at­tack Euro coun­tries that host U.S. mis­siles. The Red Army is mo­bi­liz­ing near the Ukraine border. None of this would be hap­pen­ing if some­body would teach Putin how to go on Twit­ter and fight like a man.

• U.S. postal work­ers were busted de­liv­er­ing kilo­grams of co­caine for a $1,000-per-pack­age bonus from the dealer. A kilo is worth $50,000. Set­tling for a two per­cent com­mis­sion for home co­caine de­liv­ery is a ma­jor rea­son why the Postal Ser­vice lost $4 bil­lion last year.

Ar­gus Hamilton is the host co­me­dian at The Com­edy Store in Hol­ly­wood and a speaker. His email ad­dress is ar­[email protected]­gushamil­

Thank you, Yuma!!! Lit­tle­wood Fine Art & Com­mu­nity Co-Op will live on be­cause of you!!!

A short time ago, the Yuma Sun ran an ar­ti­cle about our fundrais­ing needs for what we of­fer our com­mu­nity. The re­sponse was hum­bling and over­whelm­ing. We have “turned the cor­ner” and the fu­ture looks bright!

We re­ceived a few, crit­i­cal, large do­na­tions, but more im­por­tantly we’ve been re­ceiv­ing more and more monthly sup­port­ers and mem­bers.

That’s what keeps the Co-Op a vi­brant hub of pos­i­tive self-ex­pres­sion: Many, many peo­ple sup­port­ing us at less than a dol­lar a day. Be­cause of all of you, we’re al­most to a self-sus­tain­ing level of monthly spon­sor­ship.

Thank you! Be­cause of all of you, all of our classes and events will con­tinue — free for kids, and free for vet­er­ans. Thank you!

Re­mem­ber, though, don’t just ‘Set It And For­get It’ even though taxd­e­ductible do­na­tions are that easy to make ... and we’re al­most where we need to be.

Come visit your art gallery and stu­dios! Amaz­ing lo­cal art, lo­cal mu­sic, all kinds of classes, fun events — it’s all for you!

2019 will be even big­ger and bet­ter at the Co-Op be­cause of our com­mu­nity’s gen­eros­ity and love of Yuma.

From the bot­tom of our hearts, we thank you.

Ku­dos to Yuma County Sher­iff’s Of­fice an­i­mal control and the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Yuma. Their sys­tem for pick­ing up stray dogs works!

I had read — in the Sun, of course — about var­i­ous changes be­ing made about how to deal with stray dogs and who was re­spon­si­ble for what, never think­ing I would ever need to know.

Sun­day af­ter­noon af­ter church and lunch, I re­turned to my home in the Foothills. I let my 90-plus pound black lab, Roni, out on my pa­tio. I did not check that the gate to the al­ley was locked. Roni took her­self for a walk. She loves ev­ery­one — ex­cept pre­cious lit­tle yappy dogs.

She met so many won­der­ful peo­ple in her trav­els. What could have been a dis­as­ter (I know I thought of ev­ery sin­gle hor­ri­ble pos­si­bil­ity) turned out just fine for her. She was safe in the HSOY ken­nels be­fore her din­ner­time. I found her the next morn­ing, and she was home by 11 a.m.

I could tell she had en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence — all the kind, friendly peo­ple, go­ing for a ride, meet­ing all the dogs and hear­ing their sto­ries, even the food — she wasn’t starv­ing when she got home.

I learned an im­por­tant les­son — in ad­di­tion to al­ways check­ing the gate lock — my ini­tial misery turned out to be grat­i­tude. Grat­i­tude to my neigh­bors who were not al­ways glad to see Roni com­ing but helped look for her for hours Sun­day — walk­ing, driv­ing, even rid­ing bikes, call­ing me with in­for­ma­tion and sug­ges­tions. Thank you YCSO, HSOY and my neigh­bors!

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