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May 08, 2014 7:15 am

EDITORIAL: Mothers’ Day a welcome reminder of all the love they give and deserve

Written by Tom Lawrence

Thumbs up to mothers.

Sunday is Mother’s Day, an annual holiday to honor the women who give birth and provide love and care for all of us. We’re sure there will be breakfasts and brunches, flowers and candy, cards and kisses for the moms.

Those are all very good things. The women who dedicate and devote themselves to children, who sacrifice for and support their families, deserve all that and more.

But let’s make sure we show respect and love for these wonderful women the other 364 days of the year. They do for us.

Thumbs down to rampant stop-sign running.

We witness it on a daily basis. In fact, a few minutes before this was written, a pickup slowed and then zipped through a stop sign in the downtown area as this writer watched. It was both irritating and amazing to see the problem so blatantly on display.

On Friday, a driver who ignored a stop sign at the intersection of Lane 8 and Road 11 caused a two-vehicle crash. The 18-year-old woman was cited and, more importantly, learned a harsh lesson.

Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the wreck, but that had more to do with luck than anything else. There’s a reason stop signs and stop lights exist.

Obey them and make the roads and streets safer. No one should be killed or injured because someone was in too big a hurry to follow the law.

Thumbs up to an annual food drive set for this weekend.

The National Association of Letter Carriers, including those at the Powell Post Office, will once again take part in the Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive. It’s an opportunity to assist people in our community, many of them children, who could use a helping hand to make sure there is enough food on the table.

Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes received roughly 10,000 pounds of food in 2013, its most successful drive ever. Breaking that record is a worthy goal, folks, in light of the fact that Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes served 626 people, making up 199 families, through March this year.

To participate in Saturday’s drive, place non-perishable food donations in a bag and put it next to your mailbox. Some of us got a bag in the mail for the food drive, but if you didn’t, use one of your own and leave non-perishable food for your carrier.

If your donations don’t get picked up on Saturday, you can drop them off at Blair’s Market or Mr. D’s Food Center in Powell. To help with this weekend’s food drive, contact Julie Fulton at 754-4231.

Thumbs down to the increasing risk of flooding that Wyoming faces this year.

This is an appropriate time to note this, since it is Wyoming Flood Awareness Week. The persistent snows and rain of winter and spring have created prime conditions to make flooding a very real possibility this year.

The National Weather Service offers good advice: Be prepared. Keep an eye on flooding reports and river and creek levels.

Most importantly, make sure everyone in your home is aware of this and is prepared for flooding, especially if you live in a foothill area that would be impacted by a sudden snowmelt. Have your precious documents and belongings packed and ready for a quick move.

There’s a high probability we will see some flooding in the state this year. There doesn’t have to be similar odds of death or disaster. Be informed and stay prepared.

Thumbs up to two local girls who literally gave the hair off their head to help others.

Augusta Larsen and Brenna Henderson both had their long, beautiful hair trimmed considerably and donated the shorn tresses to Locks of Love, which helps financially challenged children and young people under 21 who are dealing with hair loss. The donated hair is turned into wigs and hairpieces to assist the youngsters during a difficult time.

Augusta and Brenna may have lost a little hair but they gained a lot of respect from many people, including us. Hairs to them!

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