People working together makes us love it here

People working hard to do the right thing is commonplace in the Tri-Cities. This week is no different than any other. But here are a few of the reasons we love calling the Mid-Columbia home.

Time to 'unfriend' someone

The video of a woman selling her food assistance card in Marysville has only about 600 views. But we're sure a lot more than 600 people are happy to see the state cracking down on welfare fraud.

The people who abuse the system are robbing from the people what need the services. It's a shame.

But we love that Steve Lowe, the newly hired fraud enforcer, is fighting fire with fire -- or should we say, technology with technology.

The woman advertised her card for sale on her Facebook page resulted in a video of her selling the card -- on YouTube.

A piece of history

Malin Bergstrom had a vision and backed it up with some like-minded helpers. The result looks like it will save the last World War II air tower left in the state.

Bergstrom defined her vision like that of the B-Reactor -- which is also a really cool place to visit.

Her effort speaks to the value of persevering and being united for a cause that you're passionate about.

A rich man, indeed

Seven thousand dollars is a lot of money to raise from a yard sale. (Unfortunately it's easy to run through that sum pretty quickly when it comes to medical costs.)

John Ruiz, however, must be counting the important things in his life beyond what can be shown on a bank statement.

Every dollar that was donated to the Richland man who is fighting cancer -- some from strangers -- represents a prayer or wish or thought on his behalf.

We add our sentiments for his speedy recovery.

Talking the walk

We love the Chalk Walk in Richland's Uptown. We love the artistry and whimsical drawings from kids old and young.

Apparently there is no limit to the number of ways SpongeBob Squarepants can be drawn -- and we appreciate each and every one.

'Crane festival'

It must take a lot a patience to fold 1,000 paper cranes, but apparently, many sixth graders makes the task go faster.

This story is great because it inspires hope and compassion in future generations to care for people they have never met. But it also demonstrates the effect of one teacher (or two.)

That time of year

School is out. The weather is hot. The water is beckoning. Please be safe.

Worth noting: it's also the perfect time for a good book.