Cheers and jeers

Cheers — to Nicole Strykowski, a Southern Oregon University graduate and actress who quickly organized a rally after a news story appeared in the Mail Tribune about a small band of neo-Nazis headquartered in Phoenix. The demonstration Strykowski organized drew more than 100 people to Main Street, where they dwarfed the handful of brown-shirted, jackbooted young men who turned out to display National Socialist Movement flags.

Asked by some of the demonstrators to defend his "white racialist" beliefs, Andrew Lee Patterson said he was tired of talking. "The best thing for me is to not say anything," he said.

That's the best news we've heard all week.

Jeers — to the boneheaded decision to fly one of the jets used as Air Force One low over Manhattan Monday morning with a fighter escort without notifying the public. Office workers streamed out of their buildings in panic that another terrorist attack was under way.

There was plenty of boneheadedness to go around, from whoever thought up the "photo op" to the FAA, which authorized the flight and notified New York authorities, but told them not to disclose the flight to the public.

Cheers — to Arthur Shaw, who stepped down from the podium of the Rogue Valley Symphony after conducting his final concert Sunday. Shaw is departing after more than two decades at the helm of the community orchestra, during which he raised the professionalism and quality of the group to new heights. He leaves to pursue a well-deserved chance to slow down, spend more time with his wife, who teaches music in Bellevue, Wash., and concentrate on teaching advanced conducting students.

Jeers — to the Medford man and his attorney who decided to sue the Medford Rotary Club over injuries the man suffered when he was struck by an errant discus throw while photographing a Rotary relay track meet in 2007. The man already settled with the Medford School District, on whose property the accident occurred, for $125,000, but now seeks more than $2.5 million from the Rotary club, even though club members were little more than volunteers measuring throws at the meet, and weren't responsible for setting up safety barriers. The injuries he suffered were severe and lasting, and he deserves the right to seek damages. But it seems to us any liability lies with the district, not the service club, and settling for such a small sum was probably a mistake.

Cheers — to a bill declaring the Dungeness crab Oregon's state crustacean. It's the sort of legislation that draws jeers from some quarters, but fourth-graders at Sunset Primary School in West Linn decided Louisiana (the crawfish) and Maryland (the blue crab) shouldn't be the only states to tout their briny bounty. Break out the butter and lemon!

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