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The Bulletin's Stupid Pet Trick 

Tired of all that depressing local business news? You won't have to read it in The Bulletin anymore, at least on Mondays.

Tired of all that depressing local business news? You won't have to read it in The Bulletin anymore, at least on Mondays.

Bend's Only Daily Newspaper dumped its Monday Business section this week and has replaced it with ... get ready for it ... a "Pets" section.

Well, it's really more of a "page" than a "section." This week it contained a feature story informing us that pets need shelter when it gets very cold (duh!) plus a wire service story about President-elect Obama's search for a White House dog, a photo of a reader's cute Pomeranian (aww!) and a blurb inviting people to adopt Prince Ollie the cat.

The inside of the "Pet section" was taken up by syndicated features (Dear Abby, etc.), the weekly events calendar, daily TV listings and the comics.

It's hard to figure out John Costa's motive for this move. Maybe there was a clamorous reader demand for more pet stories. Or maybe he thought people wanted something bright and upbeat on Monday mornings instead of more stories about the collapsing local and national economy. Or maybe he just loves animals.

Whatever. In any case it means one less page of real news per week and one more page of fluff. And that's unfortunate.

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