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Some things to cheer, or to jeer

By Staff | Oct 12, 2014

Time to send out more cheers and jeers.

Cheers to the Blue Earth Area girls tennis team. They won the Section 2A Team Tennis Tournament and are headed to the big show the State Tennis Tournament. They have not been there as a team for nearly 20 years. The girls have only lost one match all year, and have had to work through injuries, illness and adverse weather conditions to get to the top.

Congratulations to the players and coaches and best of luck next week at State.

Cheers to the Blue Earth Area Schools and the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office for working together to fund having a School Resource Officer (SRO) at BEA Schools.

It sounds as though nothing but good things are the result of having an officer at the school. And, D.J. Bullerman sounds like he is the right fit for the school.

Cheers to all of the volunteer firemen in the county. Last week was fire prevention week and was a good time to recognize the hard work and dedication from these folks.

It takes a lot of training and effort to be a volunteer fire firefighter in a small town. It means giving up a lot of free time, being on call all the time, and risking serious injury to help others.

They deserve a huge thank you for all they do for the citizens in the towns and rural areas of the county.

While we are at it, another giant cheer to all the folks who fill similar roles as EMTs, First Responders and ambulance crew members.

Again, what they do is invaluable when people are in serious need of help. They save lives.

The amount of training, dedication and time and effort is big. So, our thank you should be just as big.

(And as an added plug, these organizations are always in need of more volunteers. If you have ever thought about serving your community in this way as a firemen or EMT don’t wait to be asked, go volunteer.)

Jeers to National Football League players who just don’t understand how they are role models for millions of fans, many of them children. Being paid millions for playing a sport comes with some responsibility. Sure, excelling on the field and winning games is important. But, more important are the lessons they can teach to our youth off the field.

Sometimes it seems that they just don’t get it. Just because you are sports star doesn’t mean you can break the law and get away with it.

Our beloved Minnesota Vikings deserve a jeer for having the unenviable status of having the most law violations of any team in the league.

And yet another jeer to the NFL for totally botching the handling of all this mess. Maybe they learned a lesson and can do better in the future.

Cheers to BEA’s super star field goal kicker. Exchange student Sam Hahn set a school record for longest field goal with a 51 yarder a couple of games ago. And it put him in the State High School League record book. A lot of NFL kickers can’t hit a field goal over 50 yards. Congratulations to Sam.

Cheers to the Blue Earth City Council for keeping the process of hiring a new city administrator out in the public view. Although it would have been nice to have had the interviews of the seven semi-finalists also in the open, the council did hold the interviews of the final three at an open session and their deliberations to get to one candidate was also done in front of the public.

Jeers to the fact that around the world, my fellow journalists are being killed in the performance of their jobs. Last week was National Newspaper Week and we journalists often pause during the week to remember their fallen comrades.

Of course, this year the general public has become aware of this tragic fact that journalists can be killed doing their job, due to the gruesome beheading of two journalists by ISIS, which were videoed and posted on the Internet.

But, the records show that last year, in 2013, there were actually 70 journalists around the world who were murdered while working. So far this year, 43 have been killed while doing their jobs, and another 13 were killed but their deaths are not yet confirmed as having been work-related.

Those are sobering numbers.

And nothing to be cheery about.