For years, I have suffered silently when reading the one-minded musing of your columnist, Cal Thomas, with my morning coffee. Recently, a friend, Alice Comish, suggested a practical, light-hearted approach to enduring Mr. Thomas, in the following poem:

How to Discipline Cats

(A true story)

I disciplined cats in a most unusual way.

I read them a Cal Thomas doom and gloom essay

From the editorial section of the paper today.

They begged me to stop, but I didn’t sway.

Maybe they will be nicer when they play.

Please don’t report me to the SPCA!

We’ve tried Alice’s idea a few times. Our cats still don’t behave, but I usually feel better.

David C. Forrester


Baton Rouge