Cheers and jeers

CHEERS -?To a winning representation. Poised and prepared, our sixth-grader from Mayfield Elementary School, Maggy Lambo, competed against nearly 300 others in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee this past week. Maggy made it through round one – one of the most nerve-wracking rounds – advanced to the second and was eliminated in the third. Maggy already has a goal, stating, “Next year, I’m going to try and get into the semifinals.” Of course, she will have tough competition on our local level. For now, bask in your performance, Maggy, and know that all in your community are very proud of you.

CHEERS -?To thousands. Relay for Life, held locally for the past 16 years, continues to generate an array of emotions. From the planning of the event, to raising dollars, walking or in any way participating, the event can be fun, serious and sad. The end result of the gamut of emotions is this community event accomplishes its goals. It raises money for the American Cancer Society and builds awareness and compassion for anyone affected by cancer. To Sandy Sacerio, 2013 chairwoman, and the thousands who graced the grounds of Park Terrace Elementary School on Friday night and this morning, thank you.

JEERS – To being on hold. The city of Johnstown has decided not to improve or extend its Rail Trail system, at least not this year. In an editorial in May, we urged the city to do the design work for the undeveloped section of the trail first. The county has about $220,000 available in trail grant funding through the state Department of Transportation, and there appears to be no plans to finish the Rail Trail, which would benefit our region. The time is right; let’s keep working on improving this regional asset.

CHEERS – To capital letters. Members of Congress, at least 10 of them, are working diligently on our nation’s most important issues, with these 10 urging the Washington Redskins to change their name because it’s offensive to many Native Americans. Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s response leaves little doubt about his feelings. “We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder said. And when asked another question, he stated, “We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER – you can use caps.”

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