THUMBS UP! To Mount Zion and MacArthur football teams. The next-door rivals' first meeting in a quarter-century came Saturday. They met in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs. The game ended in overtime when a pass fell incomplete and Mount Zion won, 31-30. It was a game for the ages, and makes us hope the teams can start meeting up during the regular season.
THUMBS DOWN! To the Citrus County (Fla.) Commission. The board turned down a proposal to pay $2,700 for an annual digital subscription to the New York Times for its library patrons. Commissioner Scott Carnahan said, “I don't want the New York Times in the county." He didn't say what the taxpayers who fund the library though. Librarian Sandy Price told the Citrus County Chronicle, "Someone’s personal political view does not have a place in deciding what library resources are available for the entire county. Libraries have to ensure all points of view are represented.” No word on whether the library's access to Popular Mechanics or People are next on the chopping block.
THUMBS UP! To Jerger Pediatric Dentistry. For the ninth year, the business offered a Halloween candy buyback. Children are given a dollar for each pound of Halloween candy they bring in, up to $5. The candy is given to Operation Enduring Support, an organization that sends care pages to U.S. troops overseas. As Dr. Bret Jerger said, “they truly feel like they're giving” since the children “worked” for the candy. There's also the knowledge of supporting the troops, and Jerger pragmatically adding “as a dentist, it's OK to get the candy off their hands as well.”
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THUMBS UP! To the proposal that would eliminate Daylight Savings Time. Arguments that once worked favorably in support of the plan to move clocks an hour back in the fall and an hour forward in spring now have little significance. Getting rid of the twice-annual need to change clocks would erase the nuisance of changing the time and then having to explain the reasoning to others.
THUMBS DOWN! To the online response “OK Boomer.” Largely used by millennials as a response to baby boomers regularly criticizing the younger group, the gripe – which essentially translates to “older people think they have all the answers, and they're incorrect as well as beings jerks about it” – has a solid foundation. Boomers disappointingly have forgotten the generation gap of their youth and have created another huge one. Yet those who have been targeted with the phrase have found that millennials have plenty of allowance room for many ideas and lifestyles, as long as they have direct contact with them. When it comes to waging wars of words on social media, “OK Boomer” lives in the same place as “snowflake,” “safe spaces” and other crude insults that find their way into popular use. We have a long way to go before we realize we're not each represented in a single point of view or reference. A return to nuance and subtlety is overdue.