The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

May 3, 2013

Cheers and jeers

Cheers: to Marley Kinsey who penned a winning essay about a stroll through Northumberland with Dr. Joseph Priestley.

In the essay, she writes of nodding off for a nap while looking at a print of the Joseph Priestley House. When she "wakes up," she is standing at the entrance of the house. When she goes inside, she sees, to her surprise, Joseph Priestley standing there.

The Middletown teen won $100, a plaque, a family membership to the museum, Hershey's chocolate and two HersheyPark tickets in the Hershey Story's History Contest.

Her literary efforts are a tangible lesson for the rest of us. Local history has a unique power ignite young imaginations and keep them involved in local historic preservation. There can be no finer bridge between the past and the future.

Jeers: To those who think an actual rifle is an appropriate gift for a four-year-old. That thinking -- or, more accurately, succumbing to marketing -- led to the death of a two-year-old girl in Kentucky last week. The shooter, her 5-year-old brother, had received the weapon as a gift last year. A grasp of what a gun can do is beyond the brainpower of most children who have just learned to walk. It's heartbreaking to imagine how one little boy in Kentucky is going to remember his sister for the rest of his life. All because an adult wanted him to have his first rifle.

Cheers: To Montour County residents who want to see a 226-acre wetland area in Mayberry Township preserved. The residents are understandably on edge with the pending June 1 auction of the land. No one wants to deny a future owner the right to profit from the acquisition, but profit can take a number of forms, especially in a region that is just starting to hit it's stride when it comes to recreational tourism.

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