Voters support their schools
THUMBS UP: Voters in the Marshall School District, as well as those in Milroy and Dawson-Boyd school districts, made the right choice to extend their respective district's operating referendum Tuesday. All school districts in Minnesota are dealing with tight budgets and more are finding themselves in the unenviable position of going to the voters for these referenda to maintain the status quo. We implore our elected officials, the next time they find themselves working to solve a state budget deficit, to leave schools alone and stop those funding shifts so this growing trend of referenda ends. Or at least slows down.
Local Salvation Army ready to kick
into high gear with new coordinator
THUMBS UP: We wish JoAnn Dorman the best in her new role as the Lyon County Kettle Campaign volunteer coordinator for the Salvation Army. Dorman has some pretty big shoes to fill in succeeding Tony Doom, who oversaw a record fundraising year in 2010, but Dorman seems to have the enthusiasm - as well as some pretty good new ideas - to keep the tradition of a strong local Salvation Army chapter going.
Problems at PSU
THUMBS DOWN: "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more." Those words were part of a statement released Wednesday by Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno, who announced in the statement that he will retire at the end of the season. Thankfully, the university beat him to the punch and fired him later that day. The president's gone, too. And somehow the Penn State student body managed to make matters even worse at the proud institution by destroying property in a spontaneous assembly that went late into the night Wednesday. The students rallied for about three hours in support of coach Paterno, chanting "We want Joe! We want Joe!" and then proceeded to topple a TV news van, kick in its windows and throw rocks, one of which reportedly hit a photographer. Everything about what has happened at PSU stretching back to the '90s is deplorable and it has all come to a head. Sexual crimes against kids were allegedly committed by an esteemed coach, other laws may have been broken, and moral and ethical lines were obliterated. Things are ugly at Penn State to be sure, but let's not forget about the real victims - the kids and their families whose lives have been turned upside down at the hands of a mentor turned monster.