Thumbs up up to doing what you love and improving your skills. We hope people are paying attention to James Noyce's recent graduation from Columbia Basin College.
It's inspiring to see someone in his 70s "finally" getting that associate degree. When an adult goes back to school, it's often to improve his or her chances for employment. Not Noyce.
He already has a doctorate degree and is a retired radiochemist.
This degree seems to be just for the pure joy of music.
There is a great value in being a life-long learner. That's something for all of us to emulate.
Flying to Portland
Thumbs up to connecting the Tri-Cities with one more major hub of activity.
Alaska Airlines is putting in a direct flight from Pasco to Portland. It's a welcome announcement.
It connects Mid-Columbians with another big city, and it's convenient. But it's more than just that.
It's a two-way flight, so it will also bring people from the Portland area to the Tri-Cities. Those lucky Oregonians.
Punching the clock
Thumbs down to a ruling that says juvenile detention officers can't be interrupted on their lunch break, even for an emergency.
Something worthy of interrupting your lunch is the definition of an emergency.
You know, emergencies -- things that aren't supposed to happen but happen anyway and need to be dealt with now, not in another 17 minutes when you're back on the clock.
Benton and Franklin counties are paying out nearly $50,000 to settle a claim that the detention officers were not provided lunch breaks.
Yes, workers deserve a lunch break, but some jobs don't lend themselves to exact scheduling. Emergencies, we've found, are especially hard to schedule.
Thumbs down to just too much information.
We're talking about geolocation services that help users find other people. So if you're at the mall and your friends are at the mall, you can run into each other.
But what about people who don't want to be found?
Maybe there's a reason why you went to Seattle last weekend and didn't call your old college roommate.
The new technology will rat you out.
Our privacy is quickly becoming a thing of the past.
Of course, this is a service you sign up for, so it's easy enough to just say no.
But it you have a smart phone (or your kids have one), you should watch this four-minute clip from NBC Action News on YouTube. (Search for "Smartphone pictures pose privacy risks.")
The same technology that lets your Foursquare friends know your location also gives complete strangers that same information.
It's bad enough that Big Brother knows where we are most all the time, but what about the annoying little sister or the stalking ex-boyfriend?