To the folks in Finley for taking the concept of community support to a higher level.
The whole town (and we know Finley is not technically a town) rallied around native daughter Abi Hamlin last year as she fought for her life.
They're doing it again as Hamlin battles a recurrence of the acute myelogenous leukemia that she'd previously wrestled into remission.
Abi is expected to be in Seattle for a year but never far from the thoughts and prayers of a community that has renamed itself "Team Abi" in recognition of a common goal.
The fundraiser and bone marrow drives are important, but we suspect the outpouring of love will do more to sustain Abi and her family.
Just the start
To the Tri-Cities Visitors & Convention Bureau for helping convince the world that this is a great place to come spend a few days -- and some money.
The 196 conventions and sports events in the Tri-Cities last year represented a more than 9 percent increase over the previous year.
All told, the events accounted for an estimated $36.6 million in visitor spending, according to the bureau's annual report.
All that activity helped channel more than $1 million in hotel-motel tax distributions to Pasco, Kennewick and Richland in 2011.
Even better news -- we've hardly begun to tap into the potential for tourism in the Mid-Columbia. Last year's figures will soon be topped.
Hope for Eltopia
To the Mid-Columbia Libraries board members for considering a temporary reprieve for the doomed Merrill's Corner branch library in Eltopia.
The board is looking at reopening the little facility until the new west Pasco branch is up and running at the end of the year.
It's too bad the tiny Merrill's Corner branch can't remain open indefinitely, but the numbers just aren't there to justify the expense.
But we hope the board can find enough money to operate the branch for the rest of the year.
Pants on fire
To Pasco City Council Councilman Tom Larsen for accusing city employees of lying during a public meeting.
Larsen compounded his boorish behavior by refusing to apologize even after fellow council members called him out.
Larsen insisted that staff had hidden information from him about the terms of an agreement to sell some of Pasco's excess sewer capacity to the Port of Walla Walla for use at the Burbank Business Park.
The information Larsen accused staff of failing to disclose was included in his council packet and written into a resolution approved by the council in August.
If Larsen didn't know what was in the resolution, he must have failed to read it before casting his vote. Inexcusable.
Larsen owes more than city staff an apology. The combination of rudeness and lack of due diligence calls for an apology to his constituents as well.
Every vote counts
To outdated voter registration systems that call into question our most cherished franchise.
A recent study by the Pew Center on the States found that 1.8 million dead Americans are registered to vote and another 2.75 million Americans are enrolled in two or more states each.
According to the study, one of every eight active voter registrations in the United States is no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate.
The study didn't find evidence of fraud, but a spokesman acknowledged that the dismal shape of the nation's voter registration rolls are likely to fuel perceptions of fraud.
That's enough to justify the cost of fixing the system. Too many issues already divide Americans. We don't need to add suspicions over the legitimacy of our elections to the list.