Hall of Fame vote
THUMBS DOWN: The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame voters struck out looking this week. With a horde of steroid-suspected players on the ballot this year, the national baseball writers entrusted with ballots elected no one to the hall this year.
Players like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens wouild normally be shoo-ins, if not for their suspected steroid use. Did their presence on the ballot keep other players from getting votes? Some voters sent in blank ballots in protest.
It has to be confusing for the voters. Barry Bonds has hit more home runs than anyone in his career, but how many of them were juiced? Major League Baseball isn't providing any guidance. MLB ought to declare whether these players are eligible or ineligible for the hall. After all, if Lance Armstrong can be stripped of his Tour de France titles for doping, why can't Bonds be stripped of his records?
Give a Gift of Life
THUMBS UP: How would you like to be a hero, a lifesaver? It's not as difficult as you might think. In fact, you can even do it while lying on your back.
We're talking about donating blood to the American Red Cross Bloodmobile when it visits Brown County next week. Blood drives will be held at the Orchid Inn in Sleepy Eye on Monday, from 1 to 7 p.m., then in New Ulm at the Vogel Fieldhouse from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 8 a.m., to 1 p.m. Friday.
Through the Red Cross, hospitals in Minnesota are able to have a ready supply of blood on hand when needed. Donated blood is used in a variety of ways to save lives, from transfusions for trauma vicitms and surgical patients, to treatment of a variety of diseases.
The process is relatively painless, and most people feel no ill effects. It doesn't take very long, either.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) to make an appointment to give the gift of life.
Tough PD decision
THUMBS DOWN: Several years ago the New Ulm Police Department saw a need for a canine officer, and with a lot of financial donations from private citizens and organizations, it got a police dog, Thunder. A couple of years ago when Thunder became ill and retired, a new dog, Juno, was added to the force.
Now NUPD, facing the need to cut $30,000 from its budget, is looking at eliminating the canine program.
We know this is a financial decision, part of the city's overall budget balancing for this year. But we also know that if money were not a concern, the police department would like to keep this program.