CHEERS: A big one, to the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County’s annual donation drive. The “Gilligan’s Island”-themed drive surpassed the organization’s $1.4 million goal by $6,058, it was announced Thursday. More than 2,600 donors pledged their support. More than 40 programs will be funded through the United Way. A tremendous organization gets a great start to the year.
JEERS: To the handling of a breastfeeding mom at Casino at Ocean Downs in Maryland. Alanna Panas of Mechanicsburg said she was kicked out of the casino earlier this month for breastfeeding in the lobby. She says casino officials told her she was a security threat. We don’t have the casino’s side of the story because it did not return repeated requests for comment. If she was discreet it should not have been a problem.
CHEERS: To a competitive race for Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas judge. Seven qualified candidates already have declared their intention to run for the seat being vacated by Judge Kevin Hess. We wish every race on the ballot had the number and quality of candidates that this race has. It gets voters engaged in the election process.
JEERS: To black ice. We’ve been relatively lucky this winter, but we’ve had a couple of mornings with black ice coating the roads. That’s even harder to deal with in many ways than steady snow. Thanks to those on the road crews around the county who are out keeping us safe.
CHEERS: To Genna Brennan. The 9-year-old Camp Hill resident was selected as an international ambassador for Girls on the Run, which led to an all-expense paid trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, at the beginning of the year to run in an annual 5K as part of the park’s marathon weekend. Genna was nominated by the leaders in charge of the group at Eisenhower Elementary School, and then she was selected by Girls on the Run of the Capital Area. From there, the selection went to the entire international organization, and Genna was chosen from the pool of girls nominated. Girls on the Run aims to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. It’s great that her efforts were recognized.
JEERS: To a plan to ban hiking on state game lands during fall and spring hunting seasons, which total more than 130 days. We support keeping hikers safe, but restricting their access for more than a third of the year is too much. It’s up to hikers to judge their safety when taking a hike during hunting seasons.