Cheers and Jeers |

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS: To the firefighters and emergency responders who saved homeowners in Farmer’s Korner from losing property during Monday’s wildfire. They also deserve credit for the quick evacuation of the high school.JEERS: To the federal government’s Adequate Yearly Progress measurement. Not only is it complicated and only touches the surface of education, it ties up local education resources that could be spent teaching. Anybody in the real world understands how philanthropy, art, music and good character will bring a person success as much as proficiency in algebra – but politicians apparently don’t exist in this world.CHEERS: To the dozens of local fundraisers geared to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. If Rita has a similar, devastating impact, we need to make sure the level of generosity doesn’t disappear.CHEERS: To Loveland for kicking off the snowmaking season, and Arapahoe Basin’s pledge to be the first to open. Let the games begin …CHEERS: To the U.S. Forest Service for improving the access to public lands for the disabled. Most people could never imagine the hurdle rocks and limbs present to those in wheelchairs. Public lands should be truly public, no matter your physical challenge.CHEERS: To Team Summit for introducing the free-heel spirit into its program. Telemark skiing is a booming part of the sport, and providing young athletes with one more niche will only help the program, and the sport, thrive.

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