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Answer for question 4272.

Is there any specific significance behind your given name? If you were named after or in honor of someone, what made that person special? If you could choose any name for yourself, what would it be?
My given name is Leslie Ann. I guess I was named after my mother's father, Aaron Lipper. I never met him, 'cause he died in 1939, before I was born. My Mom used to tell me stories about him; she was sad that he never saw me.

One good side: He didn't see Hitler invade Poland, where he still had family!
2011 Pic by me

Writer's Block: Pet central

Some animal rights activists are fighting to replace the term 'owner' with 'guardian' to convey a more balanced relationship between a person and her or his pet. Do you agree or disagree with the importance of this mission?

I disagree. The people who buy or adopt pets do own them. Even when you adopt a pet, you are accepting the responsibilities of ownership. That, of course, includes caring for a pet properly, not neglecting or abusing it. The term "guardian" makes me think of a temporary situation, as in the case of foster-parents. We are not foster-parents to our pets; we can't hand them back at the end of a set time-period.

However, a message should go out to people who want pets, emphasizing that pets should not be abandoned when they move or get tired of them. You wouldn't discard your children; don't discard your pets, either! Make sure they find another good home.

No, the animals we make pets of do not have equal rights with their humans! They cannot just do as they please in one's home (well, cats are spoiled in that regard). Pets have to be trained to obey certain rules. I think the idea that people are only their "guardians" is just plain silly!