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Special to the DailyWe stepped out of our Wildernest home this afternoon for a brief walk around the neighborhood and encountered this seemingly calm cow moose in someones backyard enjoying a drink while being mindful of her calf, which was 50 feet away. The picture of the calf did not come out very well. Peter Bowen
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Greetings and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column helping its friends move.Mountain gear, books, toys, movies and music, teas, spices, keepsakes, shelves, beds and couches; what are they going to do with all of this?The friend we most recently assisted doesn’t have a place yet, though she’s not concerned. That’s the nice thing about having good friends: You know you’re going to be okay when you know you’re surrounded by love. She tried to purchase a home, a place that would be more stable and permanently local for her and her child, but the deal fell through.Anyway, we were twisting and contorting our spines and muscles with the boxes and bins (so dramatic, right?), and though we didn’t strain ourselves so much physically, we couldn’t help but feel … what is that thing that happens when you’re not deep in the steeps of Summit County bliss … it’s been so long (initiating “remember” function in brains) … oh yeah: sad.

We’re not sobbing and gnashing teeth right now or anything, but it’s been a stellar season and our friends were only a block away the whole time. It’s not even like they’re moving out of the county; we just get a little sentimental sometimes. In fact, we’ve been known to sip wine, strum stringed instruments and spin Sam Cooke on the tables. While the needle seems so fragile as it touches it way through “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons,” the album inevitably arrives at “Wonderful World.”If you have really cheap, healthy, comfy digs for our friends to dwell within, please post your classifieds online, call them in or bring them in person to the Corporate Suites.Also, if you have a blurb about your loved ones who are moving on from Summit County, send it to summitup@summitdaily.com or call us at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13620.***

While most Colorado teachers have already expelled the troglodytic (primitive) brutality of the paddle, a few still smack the purple into young butts in this state (story courtesy of Nadine Block, Chair of SpankOut Day USA and co-chair of EPOCH-USA):SpankOut Day USA (Sunday, April 30, 2006) would be a great day for ALL Colo. teachers to expel the paddle!How to produce responsible, self-disciplined, socially aware students is on the top of every educator’s mind these days. Many schools are employing effective programs that, in addition to providing students with a good education, will help mold them into capable members of society. Paddling is not an option in the majority of school districts in the nation. Colorado’s school paddling numbers continue to drop. A survey released by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights for 2002-03 (latest available number) showed that Colorado educators paddled 71 students in that school year. “Bend over, grab your ankles and take your swats,” is no longer a reality in most Colorado schools.

Nationally, school corporal punishment rates are dropping. About 301,000 students were paddled in U.S. public schools in 2002-2003 – a drop of l2 percent from numbers in the previous survey by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. More than l00 nations have banned its use in schools.”It’s time for all Colorado teachers to lay down the paddle and for the state legislature to ban corporal punishment as 28 states have done,” said Nadine Block, the SpankOut Day USA Chair. “SpankOut Day USA April 30th would be a great day to start that process!”For more information, visit http://www.stophitting.org.Some of us know the sore (physical and emotional) of a disciplinary spanking, and think that this would be a good thing to discontinue.***We’re out, removing our “paddles of goodness” (kayak, raft, etc.) from the shed and adding a few more tender tears into the enormous runoff that we plan on enjoying.


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