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August 19, 2012
Salem News

Roses to Realife Church in Salem. It will be sponsoring a free luncheon and drawings for gift baskets for seniors at noon on Tuesday. That is National Senior Citizens Day as we discussed in a Friday op piece. The public is certainly invited to attend. Those interested in calling for reservations can do so at 330-332-0011.

Roses to Frederick Anthony Schlueter. The West Branch junior earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. That exam is a standard measurement for college bound high school students. Getting a 36 is perfection. It's shooting a hole-in-one and bowling a 300 game in the same day. Among the 1.6 million students taking the test that he did, only 704 earned a 36. That is heady company for the son of Fritz and Lori Schlueter of Salem. Details of his accomplishment appear on today's Spotlight page. How far do you think this hard-working and bright young man will go in life?

Thorns to those among the selfish and gluttons who take advantage of the kindness of others. We've heard tales of people going to multiple school backpack giveaways, for instance, and doubling or tripling up on school supplies that could be going to other needy students too. After all, how many backpacks can a kid carry? Same goes with those who gorge themselves at free food giveaways. And then walk out with even more food. That is not what it's all about. Shame on them. It all goes back to that entitlement mind set that has contaminated much of our society.

Roses to Lisbon Schools for drug testing its high school athletes. Students participating in other activities will be subjected to random testing. That is good and more schools should do it.

Roses to the United Local teachers and administration for agreeing to a three-year contract. Often times, such contract talks can break down and things get ugly. This negotiation obviously went quietly well and flew in under the public's attention radar. Which is good. Bravo for both sides.

Roses for plans to revise the Reilly Wall project as reported as our lead Wednesday edition story. The legacy of Reilly Stadium and its wall can still be preserved by spending far less than the original cost of $650,000. Roses to all of those who steadfastly worked toward honoring the stadium's history. It was just too ambitious of a plan if not altogether imposing. That was the reality. Roses to those who came together to mutually agree on a tempered project.

Thorns to the punks - who else could it have been? - who chucked eggs from a car at a veteran in military dress following his participation in last Saturday's Grande Parade. The vet who served in the Navy during the Vietnam era recounted this incident with tears in his eyes when he came to our newsroom. Doing this to anyone is pathetic. Doing it to a vet makes it even more egregious. But when it comes to the punks in our town we should know better by now than to ever get too shocked by what they do.



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