In the Herald's article about Rich Cummins being recognized for special achievement at this year's Crystal Apple ceremony, reporter Jacques Von Lunen was able to summarize Cummins' achievements in just one paragraph.
It impresses us that so much can be boiled down so succinctly.
If we had to boil our editorial down to one paragraph, it would have to be this one: We think Cummins is a great choice. Go, Rich!
Columbia Basin College has flourished under Cummins' management.
He's innovative and energetic.
Much of his time at the helm has been when money has been tight. It's easy to have big ideas when you're sitting on a pot of money; it's harder when you are broke.
That's part of the reason we admire his forward-thinking, outward-reaching style of leadership. He has formed a lot of alliances that not only benefit CBC but also the whole community.
Rich is a problem solver, but he doesn't wait until he is in a crisis to look for ways to make things better.
If they decided to shoot a Survivor season in the Mid-Columbia and select all the contestants from our community leaders, we have to think Cummins would be one of the very last voted off the island. He might even end up with the million bucks at the end.
The tribe of the Crystal Apple committee has spoken to honor Cummins. And we agree with them.
Rich, we see your torch brightly burning.