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Editorial: Roses & thorns

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Health benefits improved

There’s a treatment that does wonders for your health, and it doesn’t require a prescription. There’s no deductible or co-pay. Your insurance will not deny coverage.

This miracle tonic has tails and soothes body and soul. This elixir has four legs and purrs or barks.

We are talking, of course, about pets.

News-Review staff writer Carisa Cegavske reported Wednesday about the therapeutic power of cuddly cats and doting dogs. Spirits rise and blood pressure drops.

Medical professionals approve. They told Cegavske that pets alleviate loneliness and provide purpose. One former stray cat, Bob, has found a home and a career of sorts curling up with residents of Callahan Court Memory Care in Roseburg.

Care centers and even businesses that adopt pets display a healthy attitude.

THORN

Take it to the parking lot

Many of us can understand the frustration a mother might experience when life is not going well and she’s in a small space with her ex-husband and her four children. She might feel the need to take a time-out before she or someone else does something they will regret.

That may have been the situation for a 36-year-old woman who fled a pickup, pocketing the keys, while it was sitting at a busy Roseburg intersection a week ago.

Police say the mother fled when a verbal dispute reached a heated climax.

Since children were in the vehicle, something needed to happen to end the argument. But when arguments reach that pitch between a divorced couple, they rarely take a turn to a lighter note.

Separating the fighting individuals before someone hits or pushes one another is the best idea. It’s unfortunate this mother reached her limit while her vehicle was in a turn lane. It was irresponsible of her to leave her children in a potentially dangerous situation while also impeding traffic for 20 minutes.

We wish she could have had enough patience to turn into a parking lot before running away, but we’re glad no one was harmed in what must have been an extremely uncomfortable situation.

ROSE

Home court advantage

Umpqua Valley Christian School should be pleased with its latest accomplishment, even if it took 35 years to achieve. The school now has its first regulation-size gymnasium at its Dixonville campus, where its high school boys and girls basketball teams will be able to compete.

Finally, they won’t have to pretend another school gym is their home court. They have their own space in which to practice and play games. They have the community to thank. Donations from 113 individuals and businesses paid for the $1.8 million building that spans 10,000 square feet.

The community support is a testament to the importance of having a strong Christian high school, complete with athletic teams, in the Roseburg area.

Now the Monarchs have one more favor to ask: Could they get a few more donations to build locker rooms and buy bleachers where you can sit and enjoy their games.



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The News-Review Updated Jan 11, 2013 10:38AM Published Jan 11, 2013 09:34AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.