As We See It

As We See It Amber Alert

THUMBS UP to the Yankton Police Department for setting up the Amber Alert program to find abducted children. The program has been implemented in several states across the nation, and it is believed that Yankton is the first community in South Dakota to use it. The Amber Alert program outlines a system of alerting the public through media notification if a child has been abducted. Its aim is to find the missing child before any harm is done. The program is a great idea, although we have to agree with the sentiment of one YPD officer who said she hopes it never has to be used.

No Turnout

Once again, THUMBS DOWN to the virtual nonexistent turnout at the area open houses hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week. The meetings were designed to allow people to come in and give their input on land management issues. Although sedimentation and river flows weren't involved in these meetings, you would still expect people to voice their ideas and concerns on land management. The problem is, this has become a recurring theme at Corps meetings. which offer the most direct way for the public to air its views. Unfortunately, the air is becoming pretty thin.

The White Banner

THUMBS UP to the return what has become a Minnesota playoff tradition, the "Homer Hankies." The Hankies were waved proudly during championship runs in 1987 and 1991, and will be introduced for the 2002 playoff run at tonight's home game against the Oakland Athletics. Unlike most sports memorabilia these days, the Hankies are still cheap — just $1 — and part of the proceeds will again go to the Minnesota Twins Community Fund and the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of the Twin Cities.

Bad Taste

THUMBS DOWN to those companies using the 9/11 attacks as an opportunity to push their products. We are also once again seeing some of the "collector items" appearing that are being promoted to "raise money for the victims." Before falling victim yourself to this type of scam, look and see how much is really going to the victims. Sometimes it can be as little as "5 cents for each sale." Look and think before buying.

Remembrance

And finally, THUMBS UP to the ceremonies and services set for next Wednesday to commemorate the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington. It will be a day of contemplation as this nation comes to grips with the events of one year ago and the aftermath since. There are already numerous events planned in this area next Wednesday to observe the anniversary. If you know of any 9/11 events planned and want them publicized, please contact the Press & Dakotan by 3 p.m. Monday. Call 665-7811 or (800) 743-2968. We are publishing a schedule of 9/11 activities in Tuesday's newspaper.

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