Cheers and Jeers

Cheer

Here’s a hurray for all the police, road workers, medical officials, businesses, government agencies, outdoors groups, scientists and everyone else who has made plans for Idaho to enjoy a peaceful and orderly eclipse.

Nothing like this has every happened in our lifetimes, so it’s all but impossible to predict what to expect on the ground. Idaho Falls is directly in the path of totality, the prime viewing path, and is expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors, some of whom were already arriving this week for Monday’s celestial showcase. There were reports of runs on groceries and other supplies.

Twin Falls is slightly out of the path, and many officials here are expecting viewers to head north into the Wood River Valley and beyond.

What does that mean for those who live a little farther south? Besides a slightly less spectacular view of the eclipse, we hope not much. We’ll be surprised if Twin Falls looks anything like what we saw during the Evel Knievel jump, for example.

Whatever happens, this time, we’ve done what we can to prepare. Police will be out in force. Planes will be spotting from the air. Let’s all take special care to be safe.

This will be a wonderful event if we all remember those Idaho values of patience, respect and neighborliness come Monday morning.

Let’s all have a happy eclipse.

Jeer

It seems we’re being forced to jeer some sort of desecration of our natural wonders every few weeks now. And this week is no different.

Graffiti now mars the Perrine Coulee waterfall in the cove tucked behind the hairpin turn on Canyon Springs Road into the canyon. Idiots spray-painted names, initials and some opinions about President Donald Trump too vulgar to print in a family newspaper.

Making matters worse, no one is sure who is responsible for removing it. The county owns Centennial Park, but the city owns the road.

As the bureaucrats sort this out, perhaps now is the time for a service organization to step up and remove the graffiti.

We must work together to preserve the natural beauty of our communities – and let vandals know that their work will never have a long shelf life.

Cheer

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the business community does a lot more than employ workers and sell widgets.

Glanbia gave us a good reminder this week. The cheesemaker awarded more than $175,000 to 14 nonprofits. The Twin Falls Safe House, a refuge for abuse and homeless children, even got a new van.

Similar groups survive on shoestring budgets, and donations from corporate leaders like Glanbia are almost incalculable in the good they do in our communities.

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