Jeers go to overreaction by officials over photo; cheers to Bucknell basketball
- Jeers to the New Jersey Department of Youth and Family Services, which responded to an anonymous complaint about an 11-year-old boy posing with a rifle on Facebook. Department representatives visited the home, accompanied by police officers, and, according to the family lawyer, demanded access to the homeowner's firearms without a search warrant. The boy's father is an NRA-certified firearms instructor, a NRA-certified range safety instructor and a New Jersey state-certified firearms hunting instructor. If he wants to give his son a gun for his birthday, that's not a crime.
- Cheers to efforts by the Department of Labor to ensure that home care workers are treated fairly by including them in provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Home care is a major focus of government efforts to reduce the cost of health care (as was noted by Geisinger Health System administrators in recent interviews). That's why more than 2.5 million Americans now work in the home-care field, beyond the direct provision of medical services. They provide the daily living support services that make it possible for larger number of older Americans to continue living at home. Under the proposed change, they would be assured of receiving the federal minimum wage and overtime as defined by federal law. Home care workers have been exempted from those standards because the job used to be a minor niche, rather than a fundamental component of life in modern America.
- Jeers to Mount Carmel Area School Board member Charles Mannello, who was upset that students were "putting their two cents in school board business" regarding a proposed calendar change. Students - like any other member of the school community - should indeed have a say, and a school board member who doesn't agree is in the wrong position. At the same time, we credit Mannello for his tough stances on spending at MCA, including more votes at the latest meeting against raises that he believes weren't fully explained or justified. But don't shut out anyone from offering his or her "two cents."
- And cheers to the Bucknell University men's basketball team for once again qualifying for the NCAA "March Madness" tournament. The Bison lost in their first game on Thursday against Butler, but they helped generate regional pride again with their appearance in the "Big Dance." Even casual fans can sense that qualifying for the tournament isn't enough anymore for Bucknell, and that should make the coming years a lot of fun, too.