- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Turkey dilemma
Turkey is certainly posing problems for President Bush.
And not just the country, which still won't allow U.S. troops onto its soil to stage an invasion of Iraq.
Rather, there's sad news to report about a turkey named Zach.
"Within three months of being pardoned by the president, Zach the turkey has died," says People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' Bruce Friedrich, referring to one of two Thanksgiving turkeys ceremoniously spared the hatchet by Mr. Bush in November.
"The sole remaining turkey, Katie," he adds, "was all alone in a 10-by-10 [foot] shed with no way to keep warm, no mental stimulation, not enough straw to build a nest, and shivering in the cold."
So much for greener pastures promised by the president.
"A few years ago, one of the turkeys died the next day," says Mr. Friedrich. "On average, the turkeys have lived about six months, according to Mr. Brown."
That would be Todd Brown, manager of Frying Pan Park in Herndon, where the White House turkeys were sent to roost. PETA says it's been working for the past month with the Bush White House to address Frying Pan's turkey problems. Now, Mr. Friedrich reports that the Virginia farm has agreed to:
1) Give Katie enough straw to build a nest. 2) Provide a bale of hay to perch atop. 3) Give her a heated barn in the winter. 4) Plant a tree for her to sit beneath. 5) Ensure that Katie gets enough exercise. 6) Put chickens in with her so she'll have some companionship. 7) Feed her a varied diet that she'll enjoy.
"We're delighted that Frying Pan Park has pledged to do all this for her," says Mr. Friedrich, adding that turkeys for those who didn't know "are more intelligent than cats and as intelligent as dogs."

Beats algebra
The parent of one student at the prestigious Washington International School (WIS) was surprised to arrive on campus on Wednesday and find her child participating in an anti-war rally.
"As far as my [pre-eighth grade] child goes, there was no advance preparation or context for this that I know of," said the parent. "There certainly was no advance preparation for parents that students would be doing this. Nothing came home for me to sign.
"If I'd had some advance notice, I could have sat down and had a conversation with my child" and presented all sides to the Iraqi debate.
Children were dismissed 15 minutes early from class to participate in the rally, which the child described as "anti-Bush." Besides Americans, WIS has a large concentration of students from France, Germany, Belgium and the Middle East.
"The kids are encouraged to be responsible activists," WIS spokeswoman Selby McPhee told this column when asked about the rally, which took place on the school's upper campus of sixth- through 12th-graders.
"'Anti-Bush' is not an appropriate way to describe it," she said. "The rally was motivated by a national movement, a national effort on that day in schools all over the country [called] 'Books not Bombs' … a desire for peace as opposed to war."
Interestingly enough, she added, the rally was "not school-sanctioned," but rather was organized by a group of about 30 eighth-graders. She said it was her understanding that lower grades were not invited to participate, which obviously wasn't the case.
"It was one of the sunniest, nicest days in the last three months," said the younger child's parent, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "What student in their right mind would not want to get out of school early?"

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