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August 22, 2014
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Editorial: Roses & thorns


Let’s have a cheer

Congratulations to Taylor Krussow of Douglas High School in Winston for earning All-American status at a National Cheerleaders Association camp in July at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Winning the honor shows the talent the 16-year-old possesses. Cheerleading is no longer an activity relegated to pumping up a crowd and getting it to echo familiar chants. It requires some acrobatics, along with a sunny personality and strong voice.

Krussow had to stand out among her peers to get recognized at camp.

Now she’d like to see a dream come true: to cheer in a parade at Disney World. She’d hoped to go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, but registration is already full.

If you’d like to see this hard-working varsity squad captain make her trip, watch for her fundraising events, which include a can drive and raffle, or donate through


Stupid stunt

We would hope the Roseburg Police Department is well on its way to tracking down the person who phoned and said there was a bomb at Mercy Medical Center Monday morning — a threat that proved to be false.

Prosecuting this perpetrator is as important as most crimes the department is investigating.

It cannot appear to those with criminal tendencies, or even those who are simply mischievous, that such a stunt is easy to pull off.

The hospital had to go into lockdown for two hours and increase security throughout the building. Visitor access to the hospital was limited to the north entrance for more than 24 hours.

While the hospital reported patient care was unimpeded, the incident stirred plenty of worries. In this era of instant communication, plenty of people learned of the bomb threat immediately.

Family members of patients and employees were concerned about their loved ones’ well-being. Uneasiness heightened during the lockdown.

To the perpetrator, we say, “get a life.” No one was amused by your stunt and you won’t think it’s so funny when you’re arrested and convicted.


Ag brag rights

Fruits and veggies harvested from the Paw Patch won’t be filling students’ plates in the Glide Elementary School next year. Still, produce from the school garden will be showing up for the first time in the cafeteria, come the fall term that’s right around the corner.

That’s just one of the Paw Patch perks germinating this growing season. Thanks to organizers who secured a grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe, the garden now has a paid part-time assistant who is able to coordinate volunteers and oversee its website. Substitute teacher Kelli Long, who grew up on a farm and studied agriculture in college, will receive $5,000 to complete those tasks.

We’ve written many times of the value of introducing young children and their families to hands-on lessons about the fundamentals of food. Anybody exposed to garden culture is going to come away with an appreciation for not only the origins of what we eat but also the benefits of soil therapy. Maybe it’s a small step, but it’s an important one toward boosting the health of Douglas County adults and kids.

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The News-Review Updated Aug 22, 2014 12:08PM Published Aug 22, 2014 10:38AM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.