Expressing thanks

Everyone at Sojourners’ Alliance would like to say a huge “thank you” to all the many sponsors and to all the folks who came out and made our first Huckleberry Fest so successful.

We are truly grateful for each and every one of you.

Congratulations to all the raffle winners and thank you to all those who purchased Steve’s homemade jam and bread, Elisabeth’s beautiful hand-painted rocks and our “fire survivors” spider plants.

We are already planning how to make next year’s event even bigger and better. Without your faithful support, we would not have made it through some tough times these past three years. We are optimistic about the future and your continued support.

Pat Monger


‘Stupid is ...’

“Momma says that stupid is as stupid does.”

The Forrest Gump idiom could be an interesting column for the Tribune.

Current news items could be evaluated for the “Stupid is ...” label and readers could decide how they feel. Sometimes it’s clear the description fits.

Stupid is ... accidentally shooting yourself because you failed to remove ammunition from a firearm before you tried to clean it. Other times the attachment of the label is questionable.

Example No. 1: Stupid is ... filing misdemeanor charges against a county commissioner who designated property as surplus, then bought those items at auction. Or stupid is ... a commissioner who doesn’t know that it’s wrong to mark pieces of property as surplus, then buy them for himself at auction.

Example No. 2: Stupid is ... being belligerent with police who respond to a complaint by someone following the admonition “if you see something, say something” and you just happen to fit the description provided by the caller. Or stupid is ... police who let a confrontation get out of hand and become physical when de-escalation tactics might have defused and resolved the situation.

I suspect folks in these incidents are good people and there is always more to each story. I wasn’t in their shoes, so I try to remember: Stupid is ... jumping to conclusions and forming opinions without knowing the whole story.

Randal Donato


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