OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best and worstFrom stolen bicycles to NBA champions to a lemonade stand, a look back at the week that was.
By: Editorial board, The Daily Republic
HISSES to the number of bikes stolen each year in Mitchell and also to the people who are stealing them. A report in The Daily Republic last week noted that last year, there were 25 bikes reported stolen in the city, and 11 were recovered. So far this year, the number is 14 stolen and one recovered. Generally, the bikes that have been stolen are unlocked, but what can you expect? We live in a state and town where we just don’t expect people are low enough to walk up and take what isn’t theirs. It’s too bad it’s come to this, but we suggest parents buy locks for their kids’ bikes, to better keep thieves at bay.
CHEERS to Mike Miller and the Miller family. Mike helped the Miami Heat to the NBA title last week, and he did it grand fashion. Hobbled by injuries, the Mitchell High School graduate shot 7-of-8 from behind the 3-point line and scored 23 points in just 23 minutes as Miami beat Oklahoma City 121-106. Miller’s effort was continually praised by announcers during the game, and was the talk of Mitchell Thursday night and Friday. We don’t know, but we suspect Miller has now achieved all of the goals he set while spending hours practicing in Mitchell gymnasiums back in the 1990s. We hope that to be the case, and offer congratulations today.
CHEERS to young Ava DeWaard of Armour, who planned to sell lemonade Saturday in her hometown to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Ava was expecting to conduct the sale along with some friends outside Krull’s Market. We hope it went well, and we commend the young girl and her friends for donating to the Wound Warrior Project, which helps raise awareness for the needs of America’s injured servicemen and women.
CHEERS to the Heart and Sole Cancer Walk, which last week raised $60,000 to support those battling cancer locally. This year was the 15th annual event, and we hope there are hundreds more. This is a worthy cause that helps and honors so many people.
On behalf of school children in Mitchell, HISSES to healthier school lunches. All right, we admit that’s a joke, since we truly feel that better and healthier school lunches are needed as we learn more about childhood obesity. Last week, we reported that new food rules will double the amount of veggies and fruit served daily, increase whole-grain bread products and reduce sodium. The days of ample ketchup, butter, salt and other unhealthy foods appear to be waning, and that’s a good thing.