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Sorry, moms, no grand proclamation for you
By C.T. BOWEN Editor of Editorials
Published May 13, 2007
Today is Mother's Day. It's one of those days you can't miss on the calendar. Not if you're a good son or daughter, anyway.
But it has been a hectic few weeks and some of the other noteworthy moments may have slipped past.
We just finished National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and the national postal carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Saturday also concluded National Nurses Week.
Don't forget it's Drowning Prevention Month. And Older Americans Month. Today is the second day of National Tourism Week. Tuesday begins National Boat Safety Week.
Can National Be a Safe Boater Because It Might Be a Tourist You're Soaking With Your Wake Week be far behind?
Emergency Medical Services week begins a week from today. Hopefully, they won't be responding to boating accidents.
National Crime Victims Rights Week and National County Government Week coincided April 22-28. Insert your own joke here about those two recognitions overlapping. The county government celebration actually highlighted the environment.
April also was Volunteer Recognition Month. Kudos to the people providing free help.
We are cognizant of all of these minor celebrations and public awareness campaigns because each has been issued a proclamation from the Pasco County Commission.
Five days ago, commissioners issued 10 resolutions. The parade of proclamations began at 10:13 a.m. and concluded at 10:47 a.m. Two of them honored long-serving county employees who are retiring. Certainly they deserved the recognition.
But you can't help but wonder if the worthiness of publicizing the other causes is overshadowed by the sheer volume of the ceremonial recognitions.
Is it more imperative to ask Congress to consider a national catastrophic reinsurance program than to, say, advocate health care for kids? Commissioner Jack Mariano asked for the reinsurance resolution.
Cover the Uninsured Week went unnoticed in Pasco County. Celebrated April 23-29, it asks Congress to reauthorize legislation providing health care coverage for children whose families have no medical insurance.
Pasco also missed Small Business Week on April 22-28. It earned a presidential proclamation, but flew under the radar locally. Elsewhere, May is being recognized as Highway Safety Month and Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. So far, nothing from the commission dais on those two issues.
It's also Beef Month and Egg Month in Pennsylvania to recognize the important role those food staples play in the keystone state's economy. Well, Zephyr Egg is the third-largest manufacturing operation in the county. Maybe it should lobby Pasco for egg month here, too.
The Pasco Commission skipped over one other important day to note with a proclamation: Mother's Day. It, too, stimulates the economy and bolsters small businesses and the restaurant industry.
The Associated Press reported this week that mothers prefer flowers, greeting cards and dinner out, according to an online survey from Discover Card. Men will spend $73.80, but women will fork out less than $60 for gifts for mom.
Which begets the question: If you buy a gift for your wife on Mother's Day, can you keep it under 60 bucks since that's all she spent on her mom?
Apparently not. The same survey said husbands will spend more than $90 on their wives for Mother's Day.
Swell. How many of us will be running out to the store this morning to up the total?
It's certainly not the way to spend the first Sunday of Tourism Week.