Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: September 11, 2013
Friday night lights shine in the Mid-Valley
If you feel a tinge of excitement on Friday nights, you're not alone.
High school football is back, and it's easy to get swept up in the excitement of cheering on your home team.
Every Friday night, the sounds of the gridiron will fill the North State — every cheer for a touchdown or a disappointed sigh from a defeat. And there's nothing like being in the crowd to experience every exciting moment.
So be sure to take in a game and support our local teams.
And look for full coverage of the games on pages B1 and B2 every Wednesday.
Thumbs up and down
Improved safety on the Sacramento River Float
After last year's tragedy involving drowning victim Brett Olson, we were glad to see fewer incidents during the rite of passafe Labor Day float last weekend.
Three-thousand fewer people participated in the float, a number we will take any day over having any serious injuries or deaths.
Safety efforts receive a thumbs up, while people complaining the alcohol ban took away all the fun receive a big thumbs down.
The majority of people who floated still had a great time and realized the importance of cleaning up the event that draws thousands to the area.
Community rallies when family's home burns down
It's something none of us can be prepared for: that sudden spark that suddenly becomes a conflagration.
On Saturday, the Wing family of Meridian saw their home burn down. It happened in an instant. One moment, 11-year-old Madison Wing spots a bit of flame. About half an hour later, everything's gone. Even the contents of a safe were incinerated.
Thankfully, no one was hurt. (Though it hurts our hearts to hear their cats are missing.) But they were left with nothing but the proverbial clothes on their backs. Don Wing, the father, and Leslie Wing, the mother, didn't even have their shoes.
That's when the community stepped up.
It began at the fire, when Red Cross volunteers showed up with toiletries, clothes and even toys for the children, then arranged for the family to stay at a hotel. Then the lead fireman's wife brought five bags of clothes.
Extended family members of the Wings have given their time and their support. Friends have offered places to stay, clothes, whatever they can do to help. 3-D Electric, Donald's employer, and Louis Cairo's restaurant, where Leslie works, have done everything they can for the family.
The list goes on.
It's going to be a long road back for the Wings, but thanks to a community like this, it's one they won't have to walk alone.