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December 23, 2012

HOPKINS: Making my list, checking it twice

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — For more than 10 years I have used my final opinion opportunity before Christmas to present annual “gifts” to people in the community or in the news. There’s usually 12-15 presents, many of which need no explanation, but I’ll provide insight on my generosity where it’s needed.

Some of the gifts are truly heartfelt, but as you’ll soon see some of these are offered with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

So kick back, relax and take a look at what’s in Santa Hopkins’ gift bag for 2012.

To Sandy Pfohl: A year free of disaster. It was terrible when this woman, who runs a not-for-profit animal sanctuary, watched in horror as the sanctuary barn burned to the ground, killing dozens of creatures she had helped save. Then she had the misfortune of losing a truck to fire just a few months later. That seems like cruel and unusual punishment.

To area concert goers: A fantastic lineup of acts for the 2013 Labatt Canal Concert Series at its new location. I have my wish list; I’m sure there are thousands who have their own fantasy lineup.

To the YMCA and Lockport Library: A satisfactory resolution to the parking situation behind their buildings on concert nights.

To the Lockport Police Department: Less “boofing” on the city streets. Most of us in the newsroom learned a new word recently when we reported on the arrest of a man for possession of marijuana. He had concealed the substance in his anus, and couldn’t retrieve it, requiring police to bring him to the Eastern Niagara Hospital - Lockport emergency room where personnel there removed 12 ounces of the stuff. “Boofing,” we learned, is the street term for concealing drugs in that area where the sun doesn’t shine. I think, for the benefit of everyone involved, the less boofing the better.

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