Cheers and jeers

Cheers — to Wiley X Inc., the Livermore, Calif., company that makes military gear, for donating 90 pairs of protective sunglasses to local National Guard soldiers deploying to Iraq this summer. A toast as well to Red Cross volunteer Debbie Hicks, whose fundraising efforts collected enough money for 68 pairs, prompting the company to pitch in 90 more pairs to reach Hicks' goal of 150, one for every soldier.

Cheers — to county search and rescue volunteers and the Sheriff's Department for successfully plucking a local woman from the mountains above Applegate Lake after she became lost and injured herself while hiking Easter Sunday. She called 9-1-1 on her cell phone, but was unable to tell searchers exactly where she was. A volunteer helicopter pilot spotted her Monday morning after she had spent a cold, wet night alone with her dog, and a SWAT team paramedic descended from a second chopper to lift her out.

Jeers — to the family of Martin Luther King Jr., for its unseemly insistence on charging $800,000 for the use of his words and image in fundraising materials to construct a memorial monument to King on the National Mall. The monument is being constructed mostly with private donations and will be turned over to the National Park Service once it is finished. The family said the money goes to support the King Center in Atlanta, run by family members, and that the licensing fee was an attempt to prevent fundraising for the monument from diluting support for the Center, which also relies on donations.

A historian who won a Pulitzer Prize for a biography of the slain civil-rights leader said King would have been "absolutely scandalized by the profiteering behavior of his children." We have to agree.

Cheers — to the office of Attorney General John Kroger, which is doing a good job of quickly notifying the public about e-mail, telephone and postal scams aimed at bilking Oregonians out of their hard-earned money. Such scams are always surfacing, but with more and more state residents unemployed, getting the word out about these reprehensible schemes is more important than ever. You can find the latest ones at

Cheers — to Jewett Elementary School teacher Kim Elmer and Lions Club members for giving Elmer's fifth-grade students a window on history. Groups of students interviewed Lions Club members who remember the Great Depression, World War II and the opening of Disneyland, hearing first-hand details they don't get from history books. This kind of living history brings the past alive for students and builds bridges across the generations.

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