To our carriers
THUMBS UP: Today is International Carrier Day. On behalf of the entire staff at The Journal, we salute our newspaper carriers, motor route drivers and bundle haulers for their hard work and dependability.
It takes a special kind of dedication and commitment to deliver the newspaper day in and day out.
Many readers don't realize the numerous challenges that face our delivery force, including bad weather, frigid temperatures and vehicle break-downs, just to name a few.
There are even those rare occasions when a carrier makes a conscious decision to postpone personal priorities to ensure timely delivery of your newspaper.
Our carriers and drivers do this because they know how important receiving The Journal is to you.
They also realize that they are delivering more than just a newspaper.
They are helping to keep you and your family in touch with your hometown news and community happenings.
Carriers of The Journal are proud to bring local, state and national news, local sports, plus special interest sections, valuable savings and so much more, right to your door.
Please join us in saluting our newspaper carriers, motor route drivers and bundle haulers for their hard work, commitment and dedication in providing world class home delivery service.
THUMBS UP: What a nice gesture residents in the Goosetown area made Friday, serving lunch to the drivers and workers from Mathiowetz Construction, who have been hauling load after load of clay to build a permanent berm along the Minnesota River.
The berm is being built by the city to provide permanent protection against the rising waters of the Minnesota River that has been flooding quite frequently in recent years.
Folks whose property will be protected showed their thanks to the workers with sloppy joes and german potato salad, and a big, decorated cake.
It's a wonderful way to say thanks.
THUMBS DOWN: Pakistan may be a long way from here, but distance does not dim the sense of outrage one feels when one reads about the shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai Tuesday by Taliban insurgents. Her offense? She dared to speak out about the importance of education for girls.
Taliban thugs stopped her school bus on Tuesday. One gunman went aboard, demanded to know which one was Malala, then shot her, seriously wounding her and two other students sitting next to her.
Since she was 11, Malala has been writing in a journal for the BBC?about the Taliban's efforts to control her area, the Swat Valley. After the Taliban were pushed out of the valley in 2009, she became even more outspoken on girl's education, and received her nation's highest honor for bravery. This, of course, made her a target. Pakistan has been outraged by the shooting, and some arrests announced Friday. We hope justice will be swift.