Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 21, 2012

Lee Ward: 10/21/2012 — In Alaska town, it's Mayor Stubbs to you

ASHLAND — New York Daily News reported a cat is mayor in a town in Alaska.

Mayor Stubbs, as the part-manx kitty is known by locals, has been mayor of Talkeetna for 15 years, getting elected shortly after he was born; locals were dissatisfied with their choices in candidates and decided to write him in.

In this election year, I don’t expect a cat to become a write-in winner in any race, but as in most election years, many voters aren’t fired up about their choices.

It’s fun to think about what it would be like if a cat were elected as president.

‰Foreign policy: Turn you nose up at the country in question and sashay away. Or pee on it.

‰Entitlements: Kitty litter, balls of yarn and tuna are must-haves.

‰Social issues: Don’t touch me.

‰Jobs: Who needs one when all your needs are met by your human.

‰Anything else: Hide and take a nap.

Mayor Stubbs has a good life, hanging out at Nagley’s General Store and drinking catnip-laced water from a wine glass and greeting hordes of tourists who stop on the way to other Alaskan sites just to see him.

“Oh my gosh, we probably have 30 to 40 people a day come in who are tourists wanting to see him," said Lauri Stec, who works at Nagley's.

He also has a Facebook page.

I’m more of a dog person, but I was curious so I looked him up on Facebook. Slick and good looking like a successful politician and he has so many pending friend requests he’s not accepting any more.

Just like a cat, aloof.

Just like a politician, too important for the common people.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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