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The proper holiday greeting?

"Happy Holidays" versus "Merry Christmas": At this time of year, we get all kinds of arguments from both sides. The funniest is the new backlash to "Happy Holidays." Last time I checked, I was never offended when someone told me, "Happy Holidays." I've never heard of someone being offended by "Merry Christmas," either. However, it can exclude you if you don't celebrate Christmas.

I appreciate "Happy Holidays" and what it attempts to do, which is include everyone. For those who hate it or feel it infringes on their right to be Christians or whatever, I laugh. It is not mandated by the federal government — it's done by employers who don't want to offend any of their customers. If you don't like it, then don't work/shop/patronize these places.

Nate Mims
Iowa City resident

Support local homeless animals

With the holiday season quickly approaching, one group of Iowa City residents especially needs your help but is unable to ask for it. Dozens of dogs and cats at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center are in need of a "forever home" this year, and you can help make their holidays a little brighter.

If you're looking to help homeless animals in our community, I urge you to attend the animal shelter's annual Holiday with the Hounds event on Saturday. From noon to 3 p.m., you can stop by the center, 4852 Sand Road S.E., to share the joy of the Christmas season with the wonderful animals waiting to be adopted. The animals will have stockings hung on their kennels for you to fill it will toys and treats.

If you can't make it to Holiday with the Hounds, the animal shelter is continuing its supply drive throughout December. You can drop off new or gently used donations at the center or at several local businesses around town. Pick up a wish list right on the donation box or find them at icanimalcenter.org.

Nicole Hosette
University of Iowa senior

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