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December 28, 2012
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Editorial: Roses & thorns


Platypus prospects

Some of us can admit to the last twinges of grumpiness that our beloved Ducks and/or Beavers are not in more prestigious college bowl games. The Ducks, after all, were knocking at the door of a BCS title win until almost the eleventh hour. The Beavers, furthermore, beat one of the two teams showing up in Tuesday’s Rose Bowl — just not the right one.

But it’s past time to put disappointment aside and roll with reality. Which, after all, is hardly grim. The one-loss Ducks are taking their stylish substance to an overdue match with the Kansas State Wildcats Thursday in Glendale, Ariz. And after snaring a season turnaround from 2011’s 3-9 to this year’s 9-3, the plucky Beavers are headed Saturday for San Antonio in hopes of goading a victory out of the Texas Longhorns.

Each team is already a winner in the eyes of loyal fans. But let’s ramp up the support and cheer on both to one more victory for the year. Ducks, make it party time at the Fiesta, and Beavers, be sure we have good reason to remember the Alamo!


Thanks for the memories

The Christmas memories shared by News-Review readers were warm enough to thaw the heart of the meanest Grinch.

Staff writer Carisa Cegavske weaved the memories together for a story on Sunday. There was a common theme — loved ones.

There were memories of surprising and exciting things, and picturesque memories of caroling and walking in the snow. Winter wonderland stuff.

There was also the story shared by Dorothy Whitbeck, 87, of Roseburg. Long ago when she was a young bride, she and her husband headed to North Dakota to spend Christmas with family. They ended up broke down and stuck in Miles City, Mont., for two days. The trip didn’t go as planned, but she wouldn’t trade those times for anything, she said. Treasured memories, indeed.


Dynamic deliveries

A round of applause along with a bouquet of roses needs to be bestowed upon Glide Boy Scout Troop No. 112 for its stellar public service work during this and many past holiday seasons.

While the entire community of Glide is to be noted for its contribution of 43,000 pounds — or about a semitruck load — of food and household necessities, the 15 Scouts and Scoutmaster Stu Carlson must be congratulated for spearheading the effort and delivering the donated items to 240 households between Dixonville and Diamond Lake on the Saturday before Christmas.

The deliveries surely made the holiday brighter for the families who otherwise may not have had a special meal. They also reinforced core values of the Scouts as the boys exhibited good citizenship, character development and physical fitness.

This is one of those win-win-win situations that emphasizes the generosity and good will toward others in our fine county.

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