How are you protecting yourself and your family from getting sick?

November 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

“My family plans to get the flu shot and we’re more conscious about washing our hands. It’s terrifying in school. I imagine every high school student is going to get sick this season. It seems inevitable; we touch the same things.” —Shelby Denhof, Rockford     “I’m washing my hands, not shaking hands as often, staying out of crowds, and wiping shopping carts down. I use hand wipes whenever they’re provided, like at Meijer. I’m also planning on getting the H1N1 vaccine.” —Kendra Davis, Livonia     “I’m taking vitamins, doing lots of hand-washing, and praying. I’ve always been conscious about shopping carts. I carry a spray bottle of sanitizer… I’m not getting the H1N1 vaccine. I don’t want to put any chemicals in my body.” —Kelly Roesner and son Kenny, 10, Rockford     “My wife washes her hands all the time and I’m keeping a close watch on my son. The H1N1 flu is being over-hyped. With my wife being a doctor, I have a different perspective. I’m less likely to freak out. I’m not getting the vaccine, but my wife had to.” —Eric Lofgren and son Clifford, 1, Rockford “I’m doing lots of handwashing, getting fresh air, and using hand sanitizer. I always wipe shopping carts down. I’m not getting the H1N1 vaccine. It’ll pass. It’s being hyped by the media. They’re trying to make everyone aware, but it’s going overboard. I’d rather have those who are unhealthy and children get the vaccine. I’m healthy.” —Jennifer Meachum, Grand Rapids by ANA OLVERA, Rockford Squire intern

Main Street—May 7, 2009

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

Don’t blame the pigs Apparently it was the pork chop producers lobby that got the name “swine flu” changed to “H1N1 flu.”  I’m glad.  I had flu myself last winter and I never kissed a pig. Anyway, pigs never had this particular strain of influenza. These intelligent animals got the bad rap because it’s related to a disease they sometimes get. What an injustice – encouraged, no doubt, by the fact that pigs aren’t beautiful. Human beings are so shallow. Looking east, I understand in Egypt they are killing all the pigs just to be on the safe side.  If we have to blame the disease on an innocent animal, let’s call it “mole flu.”  Nobody is fond of moles and they’re not part of a food industry. Maybe the Egyptians should kill all their moles. The pork lobby would appreciate having the world’s attention diverted from its product. Looking south, I think we should just feel sorry for the Mexicans. Between swine flu-oops, H1N1-and the drug wars, they’re living dangerous lives. They have plenty of reasons for sneaking into the U.S. TO:  GOD FROM: DOG Dear God:  Is it on purpose our names are the same, only reversed? Dear God:  Why do humans smell the flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another? Dear God:  When we get to heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it still the same old story? Dear God:  If a Dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad Dog? Dear God: We Dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand signals, whistles, horns, clickers, beepers, scent ID’s, electromagnetic energy fields, and Frisbee flight paths. What do humans understand? Dear God:  More meatballs, less spaghetti, please. Dear God:  Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have to apologize? Dear God:  Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good Dog:  1. I will not eat the cats’ food before they eat it or after they throw it up.   2. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell.  3. The Litter Box is not a cookie […]