Man maims pet for revenge

Comment & Observation
By Joe Lee III


     Just when a guy thinks he has heard everything, he reads in the Jackson newspaper that a bill has been introduced in the Mississippi legislature to protect pets during a divorce.
     One of the reasons for the bill was a case in which a man broke the leg of his estranged wife’s dog in order to punish the woman.
     Now, it takes a special kind of (bleep) to victimize an innocent animal like that.
Mississippi most dangerous
     According to a report released last week from Safe Smart Living, and reported in USA Today, Mississippi comes in as the No. 1 most dangerous state for driving.
     The study looked at 2017 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fatality data and U.S. Census data from the same year. Rankings reflect the rates of vehicle crash deaths per 100,000 residents.
Mississippi not dangerous
     That same day, USA Today reported that QuoteWizard, an online insurance comparison marketplace, ranked Mississippi as the second safest state for driving, behind Michigan.
Special features
     In February the GrenadaStar will publish two Subscriber Only Special Editions. One will feature NASCAR, and the other will give tips on how to keep a Healthy Heart and live a little longer.
     These sections will not be in the rack or over the counter newspapers; you’ll need to subscribe to get them, so sign up for home delivery today.
     We’ll be following up with some additional Subscriber Only special features in April and May.
Back to the future
     Some of us are old enough to remember collecting glass Coke bottles and taking them back to the store for two cents deposit. I know two cents doesn’t sound like much now, but back then a Coke only cost a dime. Some of us even remember a nickel Coke.
     Remember Pepsi’s jingle?
     Pepsi Cola hits the spot. Twelve full ounces, that’s a lot, twice as much for a nickel too, Pepsi Cola is the drink for you!
     It looks like we are going back to the future.
     Some major brands — including Nestle, Procter & Gamble, and PepsiCo – are seriously studying doing away with disposable containers for food, shampoo, laundry detergent, and diapers.
     I can see it now – disposable diapers being sold in a non-disposable container.
     Whatever “advances” are made, you can be sure the consumer will pay more.
Strange jail development
     Japan is experiencing an unusual phenomenon. An increasingly high number of old folks are going to jail – they are going to jail on purpose.
     According to Business Insider one in every five Japanese inmates is a senior citizen. In some prisons the elderly female population reaches 90%.
     Part of the reason is the high cost of retirement homes.
     “The unusual phenomenon stems from the difficulties of caring for the country’s elderly population. The number of Japanese seniors living alone increased by 600% between 1985 and 2015,” according to Bloomberg News.
     Half of the seniors caught shoplifting reported living alone, the government discovered last year, and 40% of them said they either don’t have family or rarely speak to them.
For these seniors, a life in jail seems better than the alternative.
     “They may have a house. They may have a family. But that doesn’t mean they have a place they feel at home,” Yumi Muranaka, head warden of Iwakuni Women’s Prison, told Bloomberg.
Good Job
     The City of Grenada is to be commended for their recent action verifying Chamber of Commerce participation in the Grenada Tourism Commission Board of Directors.
     The more the Greater Grenada Economic Development Foundation (GGFED), the City of Grenada, the Grenada Area Chamber of Commerce, the Grenada County Supervisors, and the      Grenada Tourism Commission work together, the better off Grenada is.
     A long history of such co-operation is what made the Tupelo area the economic powerhouse it is today.

Super Bowl

     There is a little justice in the world.

     The team that should never have been in the Super Bowl lost.