Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Opinion

June 28, 2013

Weather, season prompts reminders

Yes, it’s hot.

Summertime in Texas — any other questions?

No questions, friends, but some friendly (and important) reminders for us all to think about.

Hot weather brings with it the need for an increased awareness of people and conditions around us.

The infirm and elderly are particularly at risk from hot Texas summers.

Be sure to check on relatives and neighbors who may fall into either of those categories to see how they are doing.

Make sure they’re finding a way to stay cool, staying well-hydrated, and if at all possible, out of the heat of the day.

Take the time to pay a visit and check up on them.

They’ll appreciate the visit, and the company.

You’ll have the peace of mind knowing that they are OK, and by doing so have played a vital role in watching out for them.

And keep an extra eye on your kids, too.

They like to run and jump and play and go all day — but heat can take its toll on them as well.

Sure, let them burn all the energy they can — makes for longer naptime and an easier bedtime.

But make sure they are protected from the sun (sunscreen) and drinking lots of non-sugary fluids to stay hydrated, too.

And, gentlemen of a certain age know this one — a hat is very handy in the summer.

Sunburn on your bald spot is a real pain.

I’d rather not talk about how I know.

But trust me, I do.

———

Now, let’s talk dogs.

Small, yappy ones — big, barky ones — and even the ones that just curl up in your lap and make you forget about all your problems of the day.

The latter, by the way, are probably my favorites (even though they have their “yappy” moments, too).

Pet owners have some very important responsibilities that come along with the joy the critters bring into our lives.

And, the aforementioned hot Texas summers bring on some additional things we have to keep in mind.

Summer trips — or even quick weekend rides around town — often times can include a family pet as a part of the journey.

While we welcome “Fido” and “Spike” into our homes and our lives, unless they are service animals, they are rarely welcomed into businesses and restaurants.

That often leaves them waiting in the car or truck while his (or her) humans do their “people” stuff.

Most of the year — with a properly ventilated vehicle — that isn’t a problem.

But summer is not one of those times.

Even parked in the shade, a vehicle with its windows rolled up — or “cracked open” as folks like to say — is no place for an animal to be left.

If you are taking your animal with you, be prepared to see to its safety and comfort, no matter what the weather or the imposition.

It’s the right thing to do.

                       —————

Bob Belcher is Managing Editor of the Corsicana Daily Sun. His column appears on Saturdays. He may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Janet Jacobs Dumb and dumber in the blotter

    When it comes to dumb criminals, nothing beats the would-be gang of car burglars who tried to break into a car in Tampa, Florida, this past week.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Belcher, Bob.jpg ‘Change’ — old "buzz word" shows up in our town

    If you pay much attention when you’re driving around town lately (and I really hope that you do — pay attention, that is) you can’t help but admit we’ve seen some “change” as of late. And, contrary to the political connotations that word will forever carry with it now, that “change” we’re seeing is good.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bill Tinsley Germany present and past

    Last Sunday evening my wife and I stood on the balcony of our apartment in Nuremberg and watched as fireworks lit up the sky.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dr Don Newbury 2014.jpg Where strawberries are king

    In 1949, when Stilwell, Oklahoma’s “Strawberry Festival” was just one year old, crooners were applauded when they cut loose with Dear Hearts and Gentle People.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg My TV is held hostage

    Give me back my TV! The Sunday sports fare today is just pitiful as far as I am concerned. Over the past weeks, my normal sports programs has been rudely preempted by endless hours of Wimbledon tennis, the Tour de France, assorted motor sports, and the nauseating mega-million signing sagas of LeBron James and Carmello Anthony

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janet Jacobs Thoughts from abroad

    So, with the generosity of Mastercard and warm encouragement of my friends who went with me, I went to Italy on vacation. Not Italy, Texas, the one in Europe.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • deannakirk.jpg For a community that’s hurting

    I think all would agree that our community is hurting right now.
    It seems like some weeks, our quota of tragedy and loss just goes through the roof. This is one of those weeks.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bill Tinsley An inspiring life

    Last week, while Americans prepared their fireworks for the fourth of July, Louis Zamparini quietly slipped the bonds of this earth at the age of 97.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg The 'H-O-A' and You

    If you live in Florida, homeowner associations (HOAs) are pretty much a fact of life. An HOA is a corporation formed, usually by a real estate developer, for the purpose of marketing, managing, and selling homes, condominiums, and apartments within a new residential development.

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Guest Commentary: Public's right to know is a worthy legislative agenda

     Last week’s Texas Press Association convention in Corpus Christi served as a reminder to elected officials that We the People own the government. The reminder didn’t take the negative tone of a warning or a threat, but of positive reinforcement in recognizing four of those elected officials who defended the people’s right to a free flow of their information.

    July 6, 2014