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Giving credit where credit is due

By Staff | Jun 5, 2016

Once again, time to give out some credit where credit is due. That’s right, some cheers and jeers.

Cheers to the Blue Earth Area High School senior class. This cheer is not just because they are graduating, but because of the number of special things they have done to remember one classmate, Ethan Rorman, who was killed in a tragic accident.

We have seen them wearing ‘Ethan Strong’ T-shirts many, many times in the past two years.

And, at the commencement ceremony, they plan on having one empty chair, in his memory.

This class of 2016 has a lot of class.

Jeers to the Minnesota State Legislature for their inability to pass either a bonding bill or a transportation bill during the recent session.

It seems to me that both the DFL and the Republicans wanted it their way. And when they couldn’t get it their way, they took their bill and went home.

How many of us could get away with that in our jobs? They had one important thing to get done, and they didn’t do it.

They deserve a few jeers.

Cheers to the city of Blue Earth, the city engineer and city administrator and the construction crew of the downtown Main and Sixth street project for pledging to do whatever they can to make this have less of an impact on businesses as previously thought.

Things such as keeping sidewalks in place as much as possible, only doing one block at a time and not all three at once, and keeping the businesses informed each week of what is going on is really appreciated by all the businesses, because it is going to be an interesting summer to say the least.

And cheers to all the Blue Earth businesses which are planning or already doing some very nice improvements to their downtown buildings.

Things will look nice when it is all said and done.

Jeers to all those people who are still practicing unsafe driving habits. Speeding through the roundabouts in an improper manner and racing down streets, not stopping at stop signs at intersections, texting while driving and not wearing a seat belt, just to name a few things.

Really, if you want to drive dangerously that is one thing, but you are endangering all the rest of us on the roads, too.

Cheers to the community of Wells for getting a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant and implementing it by building sidewalks for kids to use to get to and from the new United South Central School.

The students certainly do not need to be walking on the streets with all the car and bus traffic going on at the time.

Cheers to the Winnebago Economic Development Authority for attempting to develop a plan to reward those faithful local shoppers who support the businesses in their town.

We have long been strong proponents for shopping in the town where you live, as much as you possibly can. It has long been said that six of every 10 dollars you spend with a merchant stays in that community in the form of wages, utility bills, property taxes, etc.

When you shop in your hometown, or in your home county, it helps us all.

When you shop in the big stores in the larger cities, or even online, it doesn’t help our local economy one bit.

OK, I have to say it. I can’t help myself. Jeers to the two national political parties and their candidates.

Really, the best you can do is give us a choice between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton? And as far as those two candidates go, could we tone down the personal nastiness and just talk about the issues for a change?

Yes, I know. Being nice doesn’t get you elected. Wow. What a year. I’ll be glad when it is over.

But, cheers to our local folks who are ready to step up and fill the offices of our city councils, school boards, county boards and other elected positions.

The filings for county and state offices recently closed and the filing period for the ones for our other local positions will be open in August.

There are going to be quite a few spots on area city councils and school boards and we hope that some qualified local folks will take a look at running for these positions.

And finally, a cheer goes out to Ashley Anderson, a 2004 Blue Earth Area grad, who overcame tough odds and won two silver medals in the recent Invictus Games.

She was one of only 115 people chosen to participate in the games held in Orlando, Florida, last month.

The Army Staff Sergeant from Winnebago is an inspiration to young athletes here and across the country.