Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To healthy kids, and to the adults who lead them in that direction. Today, the Fulton County YMCA is hosting a Healthy Kids Day with a wide variety of events – including a Bounce House, a Child’s ID Safe Kid program, music, workshops and vendors – all in one location. The event is free and open to the public. So, finish that second cup of coffee while reading the paper, get out of the chair and take a little bit of time out of your day spending it with the child or children in your life, in a positive, healthy way.

JEERS – To the spring bloom. It looks like we actually are getting our first glimpse of spring, a time of unfolding beauty. Unfortunately, the beauty is dotted with invading ugliness. The beauty comes from nature, while the ugliness pretty much belongs to humans. The ugliness, apparently accompanied by the lack of pride, comes in the form of paper and plastic cups, an array of other paper products and beverage bottles. They aren’t just on main highways. They also are on city streets and in yards. Now add in the outdated, faded signs that were stuck in the ground or nailed on a tree or pole. It’s important to keep our area clean.

JEERS – To a state tip line. A statewide tip line now offers a $500 reward for tips regarding illegal weapons. This toll-free line will be staffed by state police 24 hours a day to encourage residents to report illegal firearm possession. If information leads to an arrest, the person providing the tip will be awarded $500. According to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services memo, “While the state will provide the administrative support and fund the rewards, the investigation and validity of the tip will be up to each local department.” We suspect the state will receive calls from people who may know a neighbor has a firearm, but really has no idea if it’s legal or illegal. There has been no dollar amount reported on how much this is costing you, the taxpayer.