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Groundhog Boycott

February 3, 2010 - Kathleen Palumbo
As you’ve probably heard – Punxsutawney Phil made his annual appearance yesterday, once again seeing his shadow and single-handedly sentencing us to six additional weeks of Northeastern Ohio’s arctic living. 
Surely, I can't be alone in calling into question the credentials of the little rodent.   
If you take for example the fact that in 99 years, only 15 times has the groundhog in question NOT seen his shadow, did it ever occur to anyone that "Phil" is nothing more than a self-serving, hibernation-loving little fur-ball with only his own best interests in mind? Simply put – we’ve disturbed him and he wants to go back to sleep.    
The solution appears obvious to me – I propose a non-hibernating animal be used for future weather matters such as these.  Could we not use the average "Joe Fido" as our up-and-coming weather prediction tool – a canine version of the Weather Channel’s own Jim Cantore, if you will? 
Dogs love the great outdoors as much as we do, they’re very intelligent, and they have no hidden agenda. 
I say, with next year being the 100th year anniversary of the event, let’s stand tall, insist upon our rights, and put the decision in the hands (or paws, in this case), of our bi-partisan man’s best friend!
What have we got to lose?


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