Elmore Leonard There are cities that get by on their good looks. Detroit has to work for a living.

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I am a red sunny dawn
when I shine
heaven has a carnival
it is a rebirth
my light makes people
happy all over the earth
when babies look at my light
they fall asleep
millions of people dance
thousands marry when
my warmth hits their bodies
I frolic in the flowers with angels
my light is a present.


-by Carlos Westbrook, Grade 5
Glazer Elementary School

What more’s a man need Than a scotch and a rat, And maybe a gun To rest on his lap.


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One can only hope that headway is being made into educating others to the benefits of pet rats. It often appears the historical poor reputation of the rat has given to, in most cases, an irrational dislike that approaches a near panicked fear in some individuals; and, as I see it we are responsible for communicating to these people that rats are an intelligent, clean, gentle pet that would rival the so-called “traditional” family pets.

One by one, more and more people are learning about and taking a more reasoned view of rats as pets.  This is thanks to all the rat communities that exist in general; and, to all the people that have, or have had, or just simply support the keeping of rats as pets.