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December 27, 2013
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Editorial: Roses & thorns


Everything worked out

Some might question the wisdom of interrupting a burglary. Things could go dangerously wrong.

But when things work out, it’s a good story.

Especially so in the case Saturday on Wiesen Road in the Glide area.

Three septuagenarians — Bill Spielman, Darrold Hanna and Darrold’s wife, Frankie — noticed something fishy going on at their absent neighbor’s home.

They checked the house. Adventure followed. The bottom line: three suspects in custody and three loaded guns recovered.

In such a remote area, waiting for the law to arrive likely would have meant a victimized neighbor, no arrests and firearms in the wrong hands.

Whether one thinks of the intervention as heroic or foolhardy, it was gutsy, neighborly and well-intended. And all’s well that ends well.


Poacher on the loose

Here’s another chance to catch a poacher and prosecute the criminal to the full extent of the law.

Someone had the gall to shoot a three-point Columbian white-tailed deer and leave it to waste in the 7400 block of Scotts Valley Road, east of Yoncalla.

We already lose many of the deer in this area to unavoidable collisions with vehicles, so it’s a shame to see someone purposely and illegally shoot such a majestic animal.

It’s believed the deer was killed Dec. 20 or 21, but there are no suspects at this time.

There are incentives to track down the animal’s killer: The Oregon Hunters Association is offering a reward of $250 through the Turn-In-Poachers program to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

We hope someone comes forward and calls the tip line at 1-800-452-7888.


Getting cheeky

Douglas County residents are often praised for their generosity. Even when our demographics show that many people here don’t have a lot to spare.

So it shouldn’t surprise anybody that more than 100 people interrupted their almost-last-minute holiday preparations Monday to make very personal offerings at the downtown Roseburg’s Umpqua Bank. And more are likely to follow.

The bank is hosting a drive to sign up donors for a national registry called Be the Match. Organizers rounded up 500 kits enabling people to submit samples of cheek swabs. These will be entered into the registry to determine if any can be matched to patients who need bone marrow transplants. In this case, efforts are being made on behalf of a Eugene girl named Harlow Powers who has a genetic immunodeficiency disorder. But donors could be called for anyone in the nation who needs marrow.

As they swabbed and filled out paperwork, drive participants told The News-Review they had various reasons for stopping to offer a hand — or, in this case, a few cells. Some said they’d be willing to do whatever they could to save a life and expressed hopes that others would do it for any children of theirs. One Green teenager admitted she wasn’t sure if she could follow through with a painful marrow extraction, but she figured she could at least take the first step.

Others can join these giving souls for as long as the kits last. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the bank branch at 445 S.E. Main St.

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The News-Review Updated Dec 27, 2013 11:16AM Published Dec 27, 2013 01:56PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.