Tim Chitwood: Want to pick up a couple of cougars?

April 27, 2014 

If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat, and it's Monday Mail.

Catman

Today's opening is from Mark Twain.

Indian

Columbus may yet have the attitude of a frontier town, but once it truly was the western frontier, with Indian country right across the river. It was an exciting time.

Some would like us to take advantage of that history, as noted in this email from Jenn Collins:

The Historic Chattahoochee Commission and its partners are in the process of developing a major tourism resource focusing on the causes and consequences of the Creek War of 1813, the opening phases of the Seminole War, the Creek War of 1836, and Creek Removal. Come to the fourth installment of the Spencer Environmental Lecture Series and learn from Mike Bunn, Executive Director of the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, about the incredible new Creek Heritage Trail: Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road. Admission is free.

Then join Trena Evans, Florence Marina State Park Interpretive Ranger, for a tour of the Rood Creek Indian Mounds ... Saturday at 10 a.m., Florence Marina State Park, 218 Florence Road, Omaha, Ga. Admission to the park is $5. The field trip is limited to 20 participants. RSVP by calling 706-649-2326 or email criverwarden2@gmail.com

Dear Jenn:

Beware of the alligators while you're at Florence, unless your field trip's overcrowded and you need to lose a few people.

Cougar town

So, did you hear Columbus State University considered adopting two cougars as mascots? This reader in Covington did:

Tim,

When a CSU student posted a petition to ask CSU not to purchase a pair of live cougars, I thought surely she'd been taken in by an April Fool's joke. But I just checked with someone who works on campus, and it really did come before Faculty senate…. I figured if anyone could write an entertaining story about this, it would be you. Heard anything about the plan or if it is going anywhere? Curious to know about how they plan to fund it, too. I know I don't make a huge annual donation, but I generally expect that it is paying for ... things students actually need, rather than raw meat for zoo animals....

Terri Fullerton.

Dear Terri:

When I saw that on Facebook, I figured the reaction would be so overwhelmingly negative the idea would go nowhere.

Now I hear the reaction was so overwhelmingly negative the idea went nowhere.

We've still got Troy University over in Phenix City, though. Maybe it can cage a couple of Trojans.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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