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Orchids & Onions

9:33 PM, Apr. 19, 2013  |  Comments
Clay Matthews
Clay Matthews
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ORCHIDS to individuals, groups and organizations taking part in Earth Week activities. A number of local school groups, businesses and companies are holding events designed to draw attention to the growing need to preserve the Earth and its precious resources.

ONIONS to the continued rainy conditions in our area and statewide. It's gotten to the point where a tornado drill scheduled statewide on Thursday had to be cancelled because of - you guessed it - stormy weather conditions. Farmers may begin to fret soon if their fields become too waterlogged.

ORCHIDS to citizens who took part in a budget listening session held by state Sen. Joe Leibham of Sheboygan and state Rep. Paul Tittl of Manitowoc, at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc earlier this week. Topics ranged from school vouchers to alternatives to prison incarceration. This is the kind of interaction that is democracy at its best, and provides invaluable assistance to lawmakers.

ONIONS to those circulating counterfeit $20 bills. Three of the bills were discovered by business owners in Manitowoc recently, and we hope authorities can get to the bottom of it before any more turn up.

ORCHIDS to those who provide care for our children at child care organizations throughout the Lakeshore area. As we conclude the national Week of the Young Child today, we express our appreciation for all the organizations and individuals who help our children grow physically, emotionally and spiritually when they are outside the home environment.

ONIONS to Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who was arrested for drunken driving Tuesday after driving on a Milwaukee highway with a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit. Gallardo has not pitched well so far this young season, and we hope the OWI is not symptomatic of a larger problem.

ORCHIDS to emergency dispatchers, who perform a variety of duties as they keep the wheels of the emergency system moving in the proper directions. They are the voices that keep people calm and equipment moving to the right location, all while maintaining a professional courtesy and demeanor in often trying circumstances. We salute them during this National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

ORCHIDS to the process followed in the recount involving Manitowoc County Circuit Court candidates Mark Rohrer and Steven Olson, which ultimately led to Rohrer winning the race by 24 votes to replace the retiring Judge Patrick Willis. The recount was conducted with fairness by County Clerk Jamie Aulik and designated observers, and we can trust that the election was won fairly.

ORCHIDS to the Green Bay Packers for signing linebacker Clay Matthews to a long-term contract. Defense has been the team's Achilles heel the past several seasons, but "The Claymaker" is one of the best defenders in the league and a talent the team can build around for years to come.

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

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Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
574 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1014 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

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