Editorial: Thumbs

Published 7:40 am Sunday, April 1, 2012

Editorial: Thumbs

To Hy-Vee.

Healthy behavior is always in style, and Albert Lea is a community that shows up for events that emphasize healthy living, such as the Fountain Lake 5, the Walking Moai, the April Sorensen Half-Marathon and the Freeborn County Bike-A-Thon. That’s why we were happy the hear the grocery store will hold a new event called the Hy-Vee Walk-a-thon. It takes place rain or shine at 10 a.m. April 14 at the Brookside Education Center. Organizers hope to attract 400 walkers to walk around Fountain Lake.


To the UConn Huskies.

It’s sad, really, that all these universities that field athletes who also are students with academic merit must compete in NCAA men’s basketball with universities that field athletes who are merely trying to get time in a basketball uniform in front of TV cameras in hopes they can go pro. UConn, the 1999, 2004 and 2011 national champs, are banned from the postseason next year for fielding players below the standards for academic performance. It tarnishes all the victories that team had over teams following the rules.


To political candidates.

It’s never easy throwing your hat in the ring of politics. Voters have to make decisions and, thus, form judgments to aid in that decision-making. Challengers and incumbents alike are in the glare of that spotlight. Yet people continue to follow the call to serve the public at large. Political service has taken a hit in the public’s view in the past 20 years largely thanks to divisive partisanship, so we might be old-fashioned when we say: Running for office is still a noble thing to do.