We hope the Greater Douglas United Way doesn’t mind if we say its recent accomplishment reminds us of a certain children’s storybook hero. Namely, The Little Engine That Could.
That’s not to say we regard the nonprofit agency in any way as insignificant. With 31 member agencies and a vast number of beneficiaries (not to mention 29 other programs donors picked to receive contributions), United Way has a long tradition of delivering the goods to those in need. But the mountain that needed climbing this year was daunting. First, the group’s 2011-12 campaign collected $550,000, which was well short of its $800,000 goal. And second, this year’s campaign was still $75,000 shy of its $600,000 goal on March 15, with just two weeks left to collect the balance.
In fact United Way donors overshot the goal in those remaining days, logging a total of $743,768 to help those in need. We don’t know if this all took place to the accompaniment of a whispered chorus of “I think I can, I think I can.” But if so, the confidence was not misplaced.
Thanks to all in the community who found it in their hearts and pocketbooks to scale what might have seemed like a very far-off peak.
We’ve often figured those who engage in criminal activity don’t think about the consequences of their actions — otherwise they might refrain from their actions.
This week, a man made the news who probably wasn’t out to hurt someone, but he sure left a disgusting mess for others to clean up while he sits in jail.
We don’t know what issues a local 41-year-old man has with a Riddle mill or someone who works there, but we know his alleged actions on Monday night were unnecessary and downright gross.
Pearson reportedly entered a mill warehouse brandishing a metal bar and a cooler full of feces. It’s fortunate no one was hurt when he began hitting things with the bar. Unfortunately he dumped the feces on the ground, leaving the revolting mess for others to discover when they arrived for work. What a stomach-turning shock that must have been.
We have to believe there were other ways for the man to make his point. Now that he’s been charged on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants, offensive littering, criminal mischief, burglary and disorderly conduct, he’s likely thinking similar thoughts.
If convicted of the crime, a judge might consider including with his sentence a year’s worth of community service cleaning out the pens of confined animals.
Who will Douglas County’s best speller bee? Puns aside, 29 students from all over the county are no doubt poring over word lists in preparation for Saturday’s competition at Winston’s Wildlife Safari, each hoping to be the last speller standing before the day is over. Every contestant is already a winner, having reached top honors in his or her respective district.
Perhaps some people see little value in a talent for spelling, given the electronic programs and devices that will automatically check documents for wayward letters. And naturally we in the newspaper business are champions of language, which is why The News-Review is sponsoring the contest along with the Roseburg Kiwanis. So, yes, we’re disposed to praise kids who know when to put “i” before “e.” But whether you’re a champion of math, history, geography, computer science or physical education, we can all agree that students deserve praise for striving for perfection — and in front of an auditorium full of onlookers, no less. Though only one child will walk away with the first prize of a laptop computer, we applaud each student for achievement. Good luck, one and all.