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Which fate awaits GOP?

“Either the GOP will be crushed to near irrelevance in the 2024 elections, or they will win enough power to end the American experiment. Which will it be?”

— Thom Hartmann

The GOP no longer believe in elections, because the American people are rejecting their vision of more tax cuts for billionaires, hating on racial and gender minorities and more fossil fuel pollution to destroy our planet.

As former Republican governor (now a Democrat) Charlie Christ said of Ron DeSantis’ new armed officers: “No governor should have his own handpicked secret police.”

Ned Sheats


Protect pets on Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner. While we are all gearing up for some spooktacular fun, it is important to keep our four-legged friends safe.

Pets may not be trick-or-treating, but they can still get into some ghoulishly scary trouble during the festivities. If you dress up your pet, avoid costumes with small parts that can be chewed off or swallowed. Make sure the costume fits properly and does not interfere with their walking or breathing.

If your pet is thrown off by humans in scary costumes, make sure they have a safe, quiet space to retreat to. And as children bring home their sweet stash, remember that candy — especially products containing the artificial sweetener xylitol — can be toxic to animals. So, treat them to some pet-friendly Halloween goodies instead.

This Halloween, make sure your pet has a howling good time. It only takes a little planning to ensure they can safely enjoy the night.

Dr. Robin Ganzert

President and CEO of American Humane

Washington, D.C.

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