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Opening Arguments

Breaking new ground

Women's long fight for true equality has finally achieved the ultimate victory:

For years, the world of early spring harbingers has been an old boys' network dominated by Punxsutawney Phils and Buckeye Chucks. Massachusetts legislators want that to change.

Ms. G (that's short for Groundhog), a 4-year-old woodchuck from the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Drumlin Farm, has been nominated to be the state's first official groundhog. If approved by the Legislature this year, she would be the first female groundhog in the country to hold such a title.

"What does Punxsutawney Phil know about Massachusetts?" Christy Foote-Smith, sanctuary director at Drumlin Farm, said of the Pennsylvania rodent. "We need our own groundhog."