Editorial: Three shining examples of local action

March 9, 2011

Quick and effective action.

The phrase applies to three disparate events or developments in the Hood River County community.

First, our thanks to the public agencies and private businesses that moved fast and worked together to combine their talents and resources to help avert a messy crisis next to Interstate 84 Friday and Saturday, following the wreck of a tanker.

Teamwork helped keep the accident from having far worse ramifications.

The second example is the Horizon Hawks boys basketball team. They lost a tough one to The Triad at the Class A state tournament, after defeating Wallowa in round one.

The Hawks ended up fifth in state - which might not be what they had hoped for, but the players, and Darrin Lingel and the rest of the coaching staff, should be proud if their accomplishment. It's the best finish ever for the program. Meanwhile, the Hawks have a strong base for another run at the state playoffs next year.

The third example of quick and effective action is the anonymous donor who shared the wealth with two local groups supporting education.

As reported on page A1, the Hood River News learned Monday of an anonymous donation of $50,000 (yes, 50, and thousand) to be split between Save Our Schools and the Hood River Education Foundation. SOS hopes to raise $100,000 by April 6 to offset pending school district budget cuts. This generous donation is a major boost, putting the drive at $62,000.

The monetary impact stands as one value; another is the way it might inspire more giving, even in small amounts, to a timely community project.

Speaking of quick and effective, the Hood River rock group Sunderland will donate its guitars-drums-and-vocals to the SOS cause, with a March 11 concert (details, page A1). The four young men of Sunderland know the meaning of giving back.

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