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Joyce Kwasiborski March 22, 2014 at 09:14 PM
I agree! I only open the Patch to see the real estate listings!
Paul Ray March 29, 2014 at 07:09 AM
I also agree, I miss the days of Cherlene, it was informative and alive.
Ed Murray March 06, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Those squirrels are just trying to continue their daily routine of collecting their food and go onRead Morew ith other aspects of their lives under the worst of unnatural circumstances for them. They are not intentionally tempting the dogs. On the contrary, they are trying to stay away from the dogs that are making life difficult for them; however, this does not mean that it is the fault of the dogs. Domesticated dogs are still predators that are simply responding to what remains of their natural genetic, albeit distorted, instinct to hunt and kill. The killing of these squirrels and other animals is the responsibility of the owners who I believe should pay attention to their pets and prevent it. Domesticated animals intimidate, traumatize, and kill billions of small animals every year. Yes, cat's who are allowed to roam free, if only in their backyards, are the main perpetrators even to the point of wiping out the songbird and other small animal populations in huge tracts throughout the world. This does not leave dogs off the hook as you have reported and they do kill larger animals especially when allowed to run free or after escaping their domestic habitat. All of this can and should be managed by owners of these animals. Why manage it? Because these losses cause a tremendous imbalance of the natural ecosystem that supports us in many, many important and, now, critical ways.
Lincoln Farnum February 09, 2014 at 08:02 AM
Agreed, local relevance is missing since Cherlene left.
Doria Contessa February 10, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Long before and just after moving to Gulfport in the early Fall, I counted on the Patch to help meRead Morel earn more about this special community...beyond just finding out what was happening where and when. It had a warm, friendly and interested feel to it, just like Gulfport. I really miss that!
CJ February 11, 2014 at 12:37 PM
I agree that would be a good name. Perhaps ''then'' the editor could ''keep up'' with all theRead Moreevents going on and let us know early in the week or the week before on the happenings. I can recall several events lately that were not even posted on The Patch until they were already over. Although Cherlene truly did an exceptional job compared to all the other in-county ''Patch's''...the Gulfport Patch was certainly ''not'' the only Patch that really went down hill when Huffington Press made the massive changes that, for example, eliminated Cherlene's position as Gulfport Patch Editor. I followed numerous other local Patches and I know of a couple others that suffered similarly. The Pinellas Beaches Patch and also the Northeast Downtown Patch Editors were both very good also. It's not just Gulfport that has missed what The Patch used to be. Now I have to read the ''CL'', or the ''TBT'' free paper. Both pretty good, but not nearly as convenient as The Patch used to be. The Patch Editors used to be very good at pointing out the ''key'' events, rather than having to read the overwhelming amount of info in TBT or CL. We used to use The Patch as our weekend entertainment ''bible''...but now every time we turn around we find out some event we ''missed''. I guess that is part of the sweetness of living in this paradise...there truly is ''never'' a shortage of something else to do if you miss something.