A Couple Things:
I wasn't going to get involved, at least not too much, in the controversy over the recent Clinton appearance. But, since it's still in the news,with the Times- Standard roasting the parties involved in their editorial this morning, and the editor posting a mildly harsh critique on his blog, I will say a couple things:
Although I didn't even try and attend, I think criticism of the parties involved is mostly uncalled for, at least to the extent some of it has gone.
Sure, things could have been handled better...if the local Democrats had a little more warning and a bit more experience. They had only a day or so to put together their part of the affair and little experience in such a large event. After all, when was the last time they had someone of Clinton's stature visit their home turf?
They did the best they could under the circumstances and given the resources they had.
I'll even stand up for the Clinton folks, despite being a current Hillary hater and past Billy hater.
They had a number of things to look at in putting together the event and very limited time to do it in a place they'd never been before. This wasn't the only event they had to put together that day,either, having left a similar one in Napa County just hours before.
Not an easy thing to do, one appearance after another, hundreds of miles apart, on the same day. They did the best they could under the circumstances and the time they had available.
I'm sure all parties involved will try to do better next time, assuming there is a next time.
Enough said on that.
Until someone brought up the point that the family involved hasn't been seen since the day after Christmas. What happened to them? Made me wonder if they're one of those families you hear about every now and then that went to go visit the snow and got lost or some such?
Noel Adamson was the one that brought that to my attention, in a comment on the story on the Times- Standard web site. He made a good point that the missing family might be as big, or bigger, story than the the animals they apparently left behind.
Only time will tell what actually happened.