There's something to be said for looking beyond your own troubles. No doubt the recent snow has given many of us a chance to lend a hand or to receive help from someone else's generosity.
Nasty weather will do that. But some people find a way to help others, rain or shine. We're grateful to have so many people like that in the Mid-Columbia.
School unites to help family
It's not unusual to see teens involved in a fundraiser. Maybe they're going to Europe or maybe they're helping with someone's medical treatment.
It is a little unusual, though, to have kids raising money for one of their classmate's burial costs -- especially when he's still alive.
Kudos to Kamiakin's KANO club for the maturity and insight to tackle a delicate subject. It's hard to imagine that someone you've sat across from in algebra is dying from an inoperable heart condition.
Saying goodbye always is hard, but especially hard when the person is young. Maybe the kindness displayed by classmates will ease some of the family's pain.
We wish peace and hope to Alfredo Barajas' parents, siblings and friends. And thank the Kamiakin KANO club.
We have similar wishes of hope for Trause Gladney. He is the first graduate of the Tri-City's Sobriety Treatment and Education Program.
And he was a self-referral. The guy got started on the wrong path and found it hard to make a U-turn.
We're glad to have the federal drug court program in the Mid-Columbia and we're happy for its initial grad.
Gladney has been in the program for a year. It's a great start to a bright future. We love a comment he made to a reporter, "To complete something is always good."
That's good advice for all of us to keep in mind. (Anyone still hanging on to a New Year's Resolution?)
Judge has a King's wisdom
Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell is a good choice for the Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award. Apparently everyone who knows him thinks so, except for Mitchell himself.
That's one of his characteristics that makes him such a good candidate.
It's hard to fake humility.
Mitchell has been a thoughtful judge and, probably he will disagree with us on this, not unlike King himself.
Congratulations and thank you, Judge Mitchell.
Mel Haug is really going to leave us this time. Or so it appears. This will be a longer break from the Tri-Cities than were his missions to Africa.
When he retired from Pasco High, he at least stayed in the community. No more.
The ticket to Montana may be more of a one-way deal.
Haug has done great things in the Tri-Cities. Anyone who has anything to do with music in our community in the past 30 years has likely brushed shoulders with him.
To borrow from Charles Shultz, "You're a good man, Mel Haug."
Airport anticipates expansion
That has its ups and downs. But overall it's healthy for the community and our economy.
The Tri-Cities Airport is serving more people than ever. Years of steady population growth explain why.
As we grow, we need to have a plan. We need a united front. And we need to look to the future of the community as a whole. We welcome the Port of Pasco's help in meetings those needs.