Thumbs up to CBC enrollment

By the Tri-City HeraldNovember 12, 2012 

Thumbs up to Columbia Basin College for its masterful job of managing enrollment. The state pays the college to educate a certain number of students, so it's important that the number of people actually enrolled stays close to that figure. Otherwise, it will start costing the school money.

CBC has managed to keep enrollment just about 2 percent above that magic number at about 5,300 students. Once again, we congratulate President Rich Cummins and his crew for creating such a strong program at CBC and managing it wisely.

Beryllium study

Thumbs up to the Department of Energy for hiring a research group to study chronic beryllium disease at Hanford and beryllium sensitization, which can lead to development of the disease.

It's unfortunate that some Hanford workers have developed the lung-damaging disease, but it is important that officials have a better understanding of what caused it.

While there have been other studies, this is the first to take a deep look at where affected employees worked and what their duties included. The information will help the DOE better protect workers.

The department also hopes to develop better monitoring of those who have contracted the disease and is asking for past and present Hanford workers who have beryllium issues to participate in the study.

Delta High donation

Thumbs up to the Paul G. Allen Foundation for recognizing a good thing when it sees it, as evidenced by its $50,000 Creative Leadership Award to the principal of our community's Delta High School.

Who would know more about the need for education in science, math and technology than a charity created by the co-founder of Microsoft?

Principal Deidre Holmberg was one of two people selected for the award in the state. She was recognized for all the reasons we're so proud of Delta High: industry-level engineering and technology instruction, teacher collaboration and community engagement, as well as demanding grading standards.

Community generosity

Thumbs up to all who give. We're constantly amazed by the giving nature of our community. Every charitable fundraiser is a success here, and goodness knows there's a banquet and auction just about every weekend for one cause or another.

One of the more recent examples of that generosity was found at the Kennewick General Hospital Foundation's Gala D'vine event, which raised $231,000 in a single evening. The money will be used for new electrophysiology equipment for the hospital's catheter laboratory and for the continuation of Camp KGH, which helps children with Type 1 diabetes.

Way to go, Tri-Cities. Your kindness does make a difference. And it's one of the things that makes this community so great.

Bad politics

Thumbs down to Republicans for sending folks door to door to collect mail-in ballots in districts that favored their party. While they say it's a service to voters, it's self-serving and bad practice.

When third parties collect ballots and deliver them to collection sites, the integrity of the process is put in question. It's unlikely the practice would lead to voter fraud, but it only would take one bad actor to disenfranchise unsuspecting voters. Ill intent wouldn't be required, just carelessness.

Pot, meet kettle

Thumbs down to the complaints of Democrats who cried foul over Republican vote-gathering efforts. Democrats failed to mention their party engaged in the same practice during the 2010 election. Thanks to Erik Smith, reporter for the Washington State Wire, for pointing out this apparent hypocrisy on washingtonstatewire.com.

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