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Our view: Orchids & Onions

2:29 PM, Mar. 1, 2013  |  Comments
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ORCHIDS to youngsters who have been named to honor rolls at their respective schools. Academic achievement often is a sign of other positive traits, such as good citizenship and an ability to excel in extracurricular activities. We hope all the honor roll students continue to stress its importance.

ONIONS to the weather forecasts that said we would receive 3 or 4 inches of snow on Wednesday. Three times that amount piled up to make life miserable for those who had to get to work that day, and for drivers in general. Let's hope the next forecasts are a bit more accurate.

ORCHIDS to Danica Patrick for her eighth-place finish in the Daytona 500 on Sunday. It was arguably her finest hour in the male-dominated sport, and could be a sign of things to come. Remember, also, that she displayed enough skill and savvy to earn the poll position for the prestigious race as well.

ONIONS to those who don't buckle their seatbelts when in a moving vehicle. Statistics show Wisconsin is behind the national average in the number of people who buckle up, and well behind the average in surrounding states. That must change or preventable tragedies will continue on our state's roadways.

ORCHIDS to members of the Manitowoc city and county road crews who did a good job of keeping up with the changing conditions caused by a foot of snow that fell in the Lakeshore area on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was a thankless task to handle that amount of wet, heavy snow, but the crews kept us moving and cleared the streets in a timely manner. Thank you.

ONIONS to Congress and President Obama, who once again are playing a game of fiscal brinksmanship that can lead to dire economic consequences. This time it is the "sequester," automatic spending cuts that were scheduled to take place on Friday. We don't know what the end result of this "game" will be, but the lack of leadership displayed by both the President and Congress on fiscal issues is astounding to us.

ORCHIDS to construction crews battling the elements to keep projects on target. We are thinking specifically of the Silver Lake College Music Education and Performance Center, which is on time despite snowy conditions this winter. Much of the facility is now enclosed, allowing for continued progress toward a projected completion prior to the start of the fall semester later this year.

ONIONS to whoever made off with Guido, one of the Milwaukee Brewers racing sausages costumes representing the Italian sausage. The 7-foot-long costume was apparently stolen from a back room following a fundraiser appearance on Feb. 16 at the Milwaukee Curling Club in Cedarburg. Doggone, we sure hope police find out who did this and get the "Italian" back before Opening Day.

ORCHIDS to the Chamber of Manitowoc County as it hosts its 10th annual Evening to Wine Down fundraiser today at Twin Fountains Banquet Hall. The event, which features wines, beers, cheeses and chocolates, raises money for the Chamber's scholarship fund. Congratulations to the organization on reaching a decade for this very worthwhile cause.

ORCHIDS to the Lakeshore area prep swimmers, gymnasts and wrestlers who competed in state tournament competition this year. None brought home gold this time around, but they are all champions in our book.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
573 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1013 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

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