Cheers: To Tea Party activists who have indicated that they will work to defeat two Supreme Court justices if a lower court decides the state voter identification law cannot be implemented in the Nov. 6 election. Chief Justice Ronald Castille, a Republican, and Justice Max Baer, a Democrat, are each finishing a 10-year term in January 2014. The Independence Hall Tea Party called the decision "a cowardly move" to "punt the ball." People may disagree about legal interpretation and public policy, but an engaged citizenry is a good thing, and if it takes a controversial legal decision to draw attention to the statewide election of judges, that is a good thing.
Cheers: To the Selinsgrove and Shikellamy football coaches and school and athletic administrators for their appropriate handling of a skirmish near the end of the Sept. 17 game. Three players were expelled from the game for their conduct in the fight. Immediately after the game, both Selinsgrove coach Dave Hess and Shikellamy coach Todd Tilford said they had made it clear to their players that, even in a heated rivalry, the conduct was unacceptable. Displeased coaches were only part of the response, though. The PIAA banned the players from participating in the following week's game, and school officials said that there may be in-school suspensions handed down as well.
Jeers: To the British royal family for claiming that the press has violated their right to privacy by publishing photos of royals in various states of undress. The first episode involved Prince Harry, who was snapped with his derriere exposed cavorting with young ladies in a Las Vegas hotel room. The second episode took place when the Duchess of Cambridge was photographed topless while vacationing on the Riviera. We understand privacy, but here's the part we don't understand: If the royals are so concerned about their privacy, why can't they keep their clothes on?
Cheers: To the members of the Susquehanna University community who demonstrated the proper response to hate speech after the recent discovery of a swastika painted on the walls of a campus residential building. The university's Religious Life Council and Student Government Association quickly organized a "speak out for justice" intended to foster a discussion about diversity and social justice. We hope the university identifies the person responsible and sends the vandal packing, since he or she is clearly not college material.