Let's skip the jeers and focus on cheers
The News-Item's cheers and jeers from the past week of news:
- Cheers to the law enforcement officials who teamed up in what may be regarded as one of the swiftest, successful manhunts for high-profile criminals - terrorists - in history. The killing of Tamerlan Tsarnaev overnight into Friday morning and the capture of his younger brother, Dzhokhar, Friday evening, brought an end to one chapter of the terrible events that started with Monday's bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. While Bostonians took to the streets to celebrate, as all of America did in spirit, deeds and words, and with good reason, the strongest emotions remain as sadness for the victims of the bombings and a combination of fear, anger and anxiety over when cowardly terrorists will strike again.
- Back home, cheers to the many people involved in the ideas, coordination and execution of another weekend of great local events, two of them brand new. Saturday in Shamokin, a band of 15 or so braved the cold spring wind at Shamokin Cemetery in the Academy Hill section of the city for the inaugural Adopt-a-Plot cleanup. Citizens for a Better Community (CBC) began the project in an effort to have regular maintenance at the historic cemetery, and it seems they're off to a good start. Also, Coal Regional Revitalization - a group even newer than the relatively young CBC - which has already done some great local work, held its first Adult Prom Saturday night at the beautiful, elegant Brady Fire Company. Proof that this was a unique and fun event is found in the fact that 150 people attended, enjoying a good time while also raising money for community causes.
- And jeers ... well, let's skip the jeers this week. From the bombings and manhunt in Boston to the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, to the flooding in the Midwest, there's no need to pile on.