Toast all of the Veterans who have served our country over the years. Marking his fifth Veterans Day since the invasion of Iraq, President Bush honored U.S. troops past and present at a tearful ceremony Sunday for four Texans who died there. "In their sorrow, these families need to know and families all across our nation of the fallen need to know that your loved ones served a cause that is good and just and noble," Bush said. "And as their commander in chief, I make you this promise: Their sacrifice will not be in vain."
Roast the Huron County Board of Elections for the recent snafu concerning Lynn Chapin.
Chapin defeated Scott Krichbaum by eight votes in Tuesday's election, but her residency was challenged by Norwalk resident Jim Orth. Orth questioned whether Chapin's home at 95 North Foster St. is in the first or the fourth ward. The street is split between the wards, according to the codified ordinance passed by Norwalk City Council in 2002. According to records, Chapin does in fact live in the fourth ward and the issue goes back at least five years. This problem most likely will end up in court and its a waste of time and money for everybody. But more than that, it's unfair to Chapin and all of her supporters.
Toast the St. Paul Lady Flyer volleyball team for another great season. St. Paul competed in the state Final Four for the fifth time in the last six years and took home the runner-up trophy, losing to Marion Local in Saturday's championship match. Coach Nancy Miller has built one of the top programs in the state as the Lady Flyers have come home with state crowns in 2002 and 2006 and runner-up trophies in 2004 and 2007. "Our mission continue tradition" ... congratulations to the Lady Flyers.
Toast Kim Gentzel of Norwalk for the display case she is putting together across from the office at Norwalk High School honoring Trucker graduates serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Gentzel, an aide at the Gerken Center, had a son, Eric, a 2001 NHS graduate, serving in Iraq. "I don't want it to be about Eric," she said. "I want it to be about all Norwalk graduates that are serving our country. I wanted the kids in the building to see that fellow graduates are serving and have served." Great idea.