Briefs: Mobile Junction December 19, 2008

CASSIE HEWLINGS/The Daily Sentinel
Marcus Marconi of Marconi’s Auto Sales said his Christmas message has received a lot of questions.

Merry Christmas to all, emphasis on all

• Marcus Marconi changed the message on the marquee of Marconi’s Auto Sales, 124 N. First St., Thursday morning, and the phone calls have not stopped since.
“It’s been crazy,” Marconi said. “But we haven’t had a negative call yet.”
The message causing the stir reads, “Dear atheists, Have a merry Christmas, God bless.”
Marconi said the message is not meant to insult or provoke atheists but is an expression of his faith.
“It’s not meant to be mean,” Marconi said. “The sign is me saying, ‘For those who don’t believe in God, bless you anyway.’ We are supposed to be kind to everyone no matter what.”

Shelter: Don’t get a pet on a whim

• Mesa County Animal Services is home to cats, dogs and an unusually large number of puppies this holiday season.
But while the animals may be a tempting last-minute Christmas present, Penny McCarty, director of animal services, said bringing a new pet into the home still needs to be a well-thought and planned out move.
“We don’t encourage impulse shopping,” McCarty said. “We talk a lot of people out of adoptions.”
McCarty said if parents are thinking about adopting a pet for their children but are unsure which would be a good fit for the family, the shelter offers gift certificates for adoption fees.
“That way, the kids can come in and pick out the pet they want,” she said.

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