Monday, September 15, 2008

Buddy for President? by Sybil Adelman Sage

Thomas Friedman, promoting his new book, Hot, Flat & Crowded, is reminding those of us whose electricity is still connected because our homes have not been turned into riverboats by recent hurricanes how critical it is that we become more energy-independent. Bottom line for Friedman - and for all not afflicted with Palinitis - is we need smart leadership.

Who, then, better than Buddy, the trained assistance dog who called 911 to get help for his seizure-prone owner? This is not the first time the 18-month-old dog has saved Joe Stalnaker. Buddy was adopted from an organization that had trained him to press programmed buttons until an operator picks up.

If our current president had been trained to call 911 in an emergency, instead of responding by waging an illogical war, think how many lives would have been spared. We surely would have had the resources to do more towards becoming energy-independent.

Maybe we should look to Michigan-based Paws with a Cause for our next president?