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December 21, 2012
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Editorial: Roses & thorns


Keep filling

the food banks

It’s always discouraging to hear how great the need for food is in Douglas County. It’s sad to think of the many families who find they just don’t have enough money to buy food to feed themselves.

Fortunately, that’s not the end of the story.

Douglas County is also blessed with generous people who are determined not to let the shelves at food banks become empty. Donations are keeping up with the demand even as we proceed through the holiday season.

The effort to feed our neighbors comes from all age groups.

Students at Roseburg’s Fremont Middle School students stuffed a bus last Friday, collecting 3,554 pounds of food for United Community Action Network. Across town at Joseph Lane Middle School, the students and staff have become one of the neighborhoods in the Roseburg Food Project, which collects food for the FISH Food Pantry of Roseburg. They donated 616 pounds of food and will join other neighborhoods that fill the signature green bags with nonperishable food items and turn them in every two months.

The Roseburg Food Project appears to be a huge success. This month, organizers already reached the goal they had set for June.

Let’s keep the momentum going into the new year. Hunger doesn’t take a break for the winter.


Long time in the dark

How did our forefathers manage without electricity?

Hundreds of Douglas County residents lost power Sunday because of a windstorm. Many in Camas Valley didn’t have energy restored until Tuesday evening.

That’s a lot of hours in the cold and dark.

We suspect some Camas Valley Charter School students — and teachers — saw an upside. The power outage led to a one-week jump on Christmas break.

The outage was a reminder that it pays to be prepared for an emergency. Winter didn’t even officially start until 3:12 a.m. today.

This wasn’t the first widespread outage of the season. A few weeks back, Myrtle Creek and Tri City residents lost power. We checked to see how some managed without electricity.

A sullen man said he did “nothing.” But we found a 72-year-old woman who fixed dinner on a woodstove and had a candlelight dinner with her husband. An 83-year-old man was so busy around the house he didn’t miss the electricity. He said a fellow who can’t find something to do wasn’t using his head.

We guess that’s the answer to how our forefathers managed without electricity.


Turning a page

Thirty years ago, Janet Ring decided to go to the library. So began a chapter of service from which untold numbers of book lovers have benefited ever since.

Ring, a Green resident, has spent the past three decades going to the Douglas County Library twice a week to perform various tasks, at no cost to taxpayers or anyone else. She spends her volunteer hours shelving books, filing library card applications, storing microfilm and searching for old newspaper stories at the request of patrons.

Library staff last week presented Ring with a certificate for her 30 years of service and a stellar attitude to boot. Library volunteer coordinator Francesca Brady described the 56-year-old Ring as one of the most positive people she’s met. As all library supporters know, times have been hard for the main building and its branches, and the system would be in trouble without Ring and others like her.

Ring, who uses a walker because of nerve damage caused by a childhood illness, says she stays busy and independent by keeping up her volunteer vocation.

Her dedication illustrates a good fit between community talents and community needs. We wish her many more fulfilling years helping others find the right words.

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