You know the press is hard up for news when stories about police dogs make the cut.
This week, Channel 30 decided that a West Hartford family’s inexplicable decision to sell fudge to raise money for a bulletprof vest for Reign, a police dog, was worth telling all of Connecticut about. The Hartford Courant, proving once again that its standards are slipping by the hour, opted to follow up the story with one of its own.
Now I have nothing against Reign, nothing against police dogs, and certainly nothing against the family that sold the fudge.
But why are professional reporters, who are paid to tell us what we need to know, squandering their time on idiocy like this? There’s so much we never hear about in this town — sometimes I feel like there’s a news blackout on West Hartford — that it’s frustrating when getting a dog a bulletproof vest is on tv and in the paper.
I’m at a loss, really, to understand how come my country has soldiers in the field who don’t have bulletproof vests but Reign does. There’s a monstrously warped sense of priorities when a dog is protected in West Hartford, but our soldiers in Iraq lack the same protection.