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I have a tip for the owner who is struggling to give their dog eye medicine. Our dog had cataract removal surgery earlier this year, and we’ve had to give him drops ever since. We’ve got it down! All you need are high-value treats given before, during and after the drops. Please feel free to share my suggestion. -- Jenny H. Asheville, NC

DEAR JENNY: Many thanks for the advice! Making “medicine time” less stressful and more positive is so important for pets. Folks, Jenny recommended a 100% meat dog treat, which is a great high-value snack. Look for a product like this in the pet store’s fresh food aisle. Peanut butter is another fave among dogs. One of my dogs is a huge fan of Doritos. (I have to hide them.)

Here’s some more tips for giving oral medication or drops to a dog or cat:

-- Work off some of your pet’s energy beforehand. Take the dog for a walk or have your cat play with a toy.

-- Make sure the pet is held safely. Place the cat on your lap and cradle your arm around their body, placing your hand on their chest. Have the dog sit or lie down at your feet (or in your lap), facing forward or to the side.

-- Stay calm and positive. Give your pet a small treat while being encouraging and petting them.

-- Give the medication as quickly as possible. Don’t force or rush the process, but gently open their mouth and pop the pill in as far back as possible, then rub the underside of their jaw and throat to encourage swallowing. If giving eyedrops, gently lift one eyelid and put in the drop, then repeat on the other side.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to permit a group of states led by Arizona and Louisiana to intervene in Huisha-Huisha v. Mayorkas, a case in which a judge terminated the Title 42 policy. This policy is one of the last remaining tools at the southern border.

“We will keep fighting the Biden administration’s utter disregard for protecting our southern border,” Morrisey said. “Biden’s open border policy is a danger to our homeland, and we will do everything within the boundaries of the law to set this administration straight.”

Title 42 allows border officials to turn away migrants because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The policy has been in effect since March 2020 to turn away thousands of migrants to try and keep communicable diseases, like Covid-19, out of the country.

Without the intervention, Title 42 will cease to exist on Dec. 21, dramatically worsening the border crisis right before Christmas. As the states’ motion explains, termination of Title 42 will exacerbate “the costs imposed on the states. Allowing intervention will ensure those interests are represented.”

Joining Morrisey are the attorneys general of Arizona, Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are showing how dangerous a porous southern border is to Americans simply by doing their jobs. They seized record amounts of fentanyl and meth this year taken from members of the Mexican cartel and illegal immigrants.

“In just five separate inspections ahead of Labor Day weekend, for example, officers seized 625,000 pills in Nogales, Ariz., which borders Sonora, Mexico, Michael Humphries, CBP Director of the Nogales Port of Entry, said,” Just the News reported.

The seizures included 12,000 fentanyl pills, four pounds of powdered fentanyl, 34 pounds of methamphetamine, and five pounds of marijuana.

“Two milligrams, the weight of a mosquito, is lethal. A teaspoon holds about 5,000 milligrams, enough to kill 2,500 people. One pound of fentanyl, or 453,592 milligrams, could kill 226,796 people,” according to Just the News.

On Aug. 22, CBP agents seized the second-largest amount of fentanyl ever in the U.S. It was captured at the Nogales Port of Entry when the agents inspected an 18-wheeler and found hidden compartments with 1.57 million pills, 114 pounds of cocaine, 2 pounds of powdered fentanyl, and 13 pounds of heroin.

In July alone, CBP agents seized more than 2,100 pounds of powdered fentanyl. It was the largest amount seized in more than four years.

The record amounts confi scated were reported after seizures of fentanyl at the southern border jumped nearly 200% in July. In April, agents seized 1,300 pounds of powdered fentanyl, according to CBP data.

These are just a few examples showing how busy CBP agents have been this year. It is also a prime example of why we need to secure our border. It isn’t that we are trying to be mean to immigrants. We are protecting U.S. citizens.

Data from the CBP this year has shown agents also have been heading off record number of terrorists, another threat to the safety of American citizens.

“Border Patrol agents encountered 98 illegal migrants, a record high, whose names were on the terror watchlist at the southern border in fiscal year 2022, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data,” the Daily Caller reported. And these are only numbers from October 2021 to September 2022.

Yet, the Biden Administration continues to say the border is secure while taking actions that essentially invite illegal immigrants to the country. Officials, including Vice President Kamala Harris, continue to proclaim the border is secure.

If you followed this year’s elections, at some point the question probably occurred to you: Why do people do this? The endless campaign events, the constant scrutiny… and increasingly, the very real and alarming threat of political violence. What drives someone to put up with it all?

I suspect that if you asked a roomful of politicians, you’d get a roomful of answers. For many people, there’s no single motivation, and in all my years of talking to other politicians, I’ve never found one reason that predominates.

But I have found some common threads. For one thing, it’s hard to find a more challenging job. The range and complexity of the problems an elected offi cial faces are astounding; I’ve never met a politician with a short to-do list.

Politics is as intellectually challenging as any occupation I can imagine, and when you succeed at somehow changing your community or state or country for the better, it’s also as satisfying.

One thing I can certainly say: I’ve encountered plenty of accomplished people in other professions who’ve told me that, after a certain point in their careers, they got a bit bored. Not once have I heard a politician say that he or she was bored. Stretched for time, certainly. Frustrated, often. But bored? Never.

I suspect part of the reason is that few other professions put you in touch with as many people of different viewpoints, lifestyles, backgrounds, and convictions.

If you’re really serious as a politician in the United States, you engage with conservatives, liberals, voters of every station in life, people of deep faith, people of no faith, and every possible ethnic identity. It’s one of the great attractions of the job: the chance to meet an unforgettable array of citizens.

In recent years, it’s sometimes seemed to me that more people each election are getting involved because they’re angry: They’re motivated by something the Supreme Court did, or they believe the people in power are taking their towns or states or the U.S. in the wrong direction.

But then I remember that negative feelings have always been a strong motivator—after all, we have a United States because people rose up against policies imposed on them by the king and British politicians.

The Parkersburg News & Sentinel

When West Virginia voters rejected Amendment 4 Nov. 8, those who had warned against such a change in oversight — the West Virginia Association of School Administrators, the West Virginia Education Association, the West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association, to name a few — breathed a sigh of relief.

With the vote, the state Department of Education remains the only such agency that does not have to submit rules to the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee.

But State Board of Education President Paul Hardesty took perhaps the best approach to the news:

“It is my desire to put this issue behind us,’’ Hardesty said. “It’s time for the (Department of Education) and the State Board of Education to work with the governor and the legislature to provide the best educational opportunities available for ALL West Virginia children. No more us-versus-them, but all of us working together every day to promote student achievement.’’

Hardesty went a step further saying there are “no more excuses,’’ and that we owe it to our kids to find “real solutions.’’

He’s right. No more distractions, no more excuses, no more tilting at socio-cultural windmills that do nothing but harm our kids, it is time for those who spend so much time telling us they care about children and the future of this state to do their jobs. Lawmakers, the governor, the state Board of Education — in fact, all of us — have to, as Hardesty put it, “roll up our sleeves.’’

We’ve been dead last for so long, it seems as though we have no hope. If we don’t work together now to pull ourselves out of the basement, we don’t.

Congressman Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., has already announced his plans to run for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) for his seat in the 2024 election.

A mere week before his announcement, Mooney won the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 seat in this month’s general election, defeating Barry Wendell (D) and earlier defeating incumbent Rep. David McKinley in the Repubican primary after redistricting of the state condensed West Virginia’s three districts into two.

Even though McKinley was Grant County’s representative in the old District 1, we also received many reports from Carol Miller (R-W.Va.), the representative from the former District 3 in the southern part of the state (now the new District 1), as to her work on behalf of her district as well as the state of West Virginia. Not much correspondence from Mooney, though.

We hope that changes, since Mooney is now representing Grant County, but we wonder how much we’ll be receiving other than Senate campaign connected information from his office.

We believe everyone should take the opportunity to better their position in their chosen profession, however we’ve not seen much from the Mooney corner, even in the form of campaigning during this last election.

While his eye is on Sen. Manchin, he may have competition closer to home in the form of Gov. Jim Justice or Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, who both have suggested they may be interested in Manchin’s seat. Manchin has not yet announced his intention to seek re-election.

 But, as we all know, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” — Baseball legend Yogi Berra

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