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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June 2, 2015: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Rousing Repartee

Letter to the Editor,

Rousing Repartee

At the Lab Rats Center, the first Genetically Engineered Modified (GEM) rat and the first Robotic Artificial Intelligence (RAI) rat are housed in adjoining cages.

RAI is stomping back and forth in his cage, “Who does he think he is saying that rats should be banned from colleges and universities?”

His next door neighbor GEM inquisitively tries to ascertain, “Who and what are you spouting off about now?”

RAI explosively expounds, “I heard in the news that so called comedian Wheel Barrell, says that rats have no place on college campuses. 
I say, so called comedian, because his movies aren’t that great and he isn’t that funny. 
My intelligent memory bank tells me that this is still a free country and we can go anywhere we want to go. 
We have every right to go to colleges and universities if we want to.”

GEM shakes her head in disbelief, “He said FRATS, meaning fraternities, should be banned from colleges, not RATS!

“Oh sorry, I guess I misunderstood,” RAI sheepishly responds, “I must apologize to Mr. Barrell for what I said about him. 
I didn’t really mean it, I was just so upset I got carried away. 
And I must admit I do agree with him.  
I also think that students should go to school to study not to socialize, they can do that when they land a job and do all the socializing they want to at their workplace.”

Meanwhile atop Amistad Dam, the international mice friends Memo and Norton have met up.

Norton: “Did you see the new Cinderella movie?”

Memo: No! Did you see it?


Norton: Yes, it’s beautiful and our friends Dickey, Nicky, Mickey and Ricky steal the show playing Cinderella’s best friends: Jacqueline, Teddy, Matilda and Gus Gus. 
Her Fairy Godmother turns them into horses for the carriage that takes Cinderella to the palace ball to dance with the prince. 
And then there’s our mortal enemy, the evil cat, in the movie he is appropriately named Lucifer.

Memo: Remember when we were at Fairfield Elementary, our best buddies began their theatrical experience with the lovely poetic rendition of “Three Blind Mice”.

Norton: Yes, of course, and then at Riverville High School they were in the musical “The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and at Southern Desert State University they were in the dramatic production “Of Mice and Men”.

Norton: Who would have ever thought that they would go to Follywood and become famous actors?

Memo: Like the saying goes, “Shoot for the moon made of cheese and even if you don’t make it, at least you’ll be among the stars.

Norton: “That’s right, look at them now, they’re movie stars,”

Memo poetically recites, “The sun will keep on shining.
The rain will keep on falling. 
The wind will keep on blowing. 
The river will keep on flowing. 
Haters will keep on hating and lovers will keep on loving. 
Fortunately they didn’t listen to the hater’s deleterious detractions but only to their heart’s desire.”

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.