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May 1, 2014

VALLEY: Raking news from the doghouse

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“Meaning ...?” I asked.

“I thought,” Maggie inquired, “that the President was the president of the United States only ... and so I’m wondering why he is involved with Russia and the Ukraine? And trying to solve those countries’ problems instead of working on the ones in this nation … the nation he’s in charge of running?”

“I guess he’s just trying to see that the people in Russia’s neighboring countries are treated fairly,” I explained, treading lightly in the deep end of the international pool.

“So, am I to assume then,” Maggie surmised, “that everything in regard to the situation with our neighbor, Mexico, is hunky-dory?! That the immigration problem has been squared away to everyone’s delight?!”

“N-oo … I don’t think so. Why?” I asked.

“Well, what makes it OK for our president to interfere in another country halfway across the world and delve into their problems — especially since he can’t even fix a slightly similar problem in the only country he’s in charge of running?”

“Maggie, no pun intended to your canine heritage, but you may be barking up the wrong tree. I’m not sure if you’re being fair or understand all the variables.”

“Really? How would he and the people in this country react if Russian President Vladimir Putin took to the world stage and told us — in no uncertain terms — how to deal with Mexico or there would be grave consequences to suffer?”

I turned to Maggie and handed her the rake. “Here, you take this. I’ve gotta go.”

“Where are you going?”

“Back to the golf course!”

That IS …. the way it looks from the Valley.

 

 

 

Contact Tom Valley at tvalley@rochester.rr.com.

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