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Our view: Orchids and onions

6:17 PM, Feb. 21, 2014  |  Comments
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ORCHIDS to the students in Stacy Jaeger's first-grade class at Jackson Elementary School, Manitowoc, who along with members of their families knitted blankets for Project Linus, a non-profit organization that provides blankets to patients at Children's Hospital. Two students in the class were treated at the hospital, which inspired the donations to Project Linus.

ONIONS to those who decided not to vote in Mishicot on Tuesday evening in a primary election for school board. People often complain that their votes mean nothing, but this election proved otherwise. The vote sent four of the five candidates to the general election in spring, with the fifth contender being edged by a single vote. The difference between the third- and fourth-place finishers was just 10 votes. Your vote does matter.

ORCHIDS to the Two Rivers High School wrestling team, which fell to Wittenberg-Birnamwood in the sectional tournament Tuesday evening and were thus denied a trip to Madison for the state team tournament. The Raiders had a great season as a team and ranked fourth in the state in Division 2 at season's end. We wish all of our area wrestlers who qualify as individuals well at state.

ONIONS to the fact that the Thunder on the Lakeshore air show will be grounded this year, due to economic factors. Last year's attendance was down an estimated 65 percent, in large part due to the lack of military aircraft and demonstrations caused by automatic federal budget cuts, also known as the sequester. We will miss the air show and hope it comes back strong in 2015.

ORCHIDS to the Roncalli High School boys basketball team, which has climbed to the top of the Division 3 Associated Press rankings going into the WIAA tournaments next week. We've come to expect excellence from this program and this year proved no different. We wish the team - and all our local squads - well as they hit the tourney trail over the next few weeks.

ONIONS to the emails being floated throughout the country that purport to be calls to court hearings and other legal claims. Manitowoc County Clerk of Circuit Court Lynn Zigmunt said notices pertaining to court hearings are always sent via U.S. mail, not by email. If you're in doubt about a potential court hearing, check with her office or on the Wisconsin court system website, wiscourts.gov.

ORCHIDS to those gaining Historic Preservation Awards recently from the Manitowoc County Historical Society. Awards were presented in several categories to those who continue to have a passion for retaining the rich history of Manitowoc County and the surrounding area. We applaud their ongoing efforts.

ONIONS to former Green Bay Packers safety Darren Sharper, who is charged with raping and drugging women in four states, according to federal prosecutors. If the accusations prove true, it will represent a huge fall from glory for Sharper, who played with the Packers from 1997 through 2004 and was part of the team's Super Bowl victory over New England in early 1997.

ORCHIDS, if we humbly may, to Gannett Wisconsin Media. Its eastern Wisconsin newspapers, including the Herald Times Reporter, have the highest readership in the nation, according to Scarborough Research, a top national media and consumer research firm. The newspapers in Manitowoc, Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac reach a combined 64.1 percent of their adult readers through print and digital products, tops among 144 Designated Market Areas in the country. We thank you, our readers and website users, for helping us to achieve the benchmark.

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

Retrieving results.
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%
1013 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

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