A Birdie, a Bogey - And an Eagle
Birdie: By the Pinehurst Rescue Squad, Pinehurst Resort and Moore County. They have creatively and cooperatively worked out a deal by which a highly trained county EMS unit will occupy the building now being vacated by the Rescue Squad, which is dissolving.
Under a three-way swap worked out in late October, the squad has signed over its two lots on McCaskill Road to the Resort - which, in turn, traded that property to the county for two pieces of land near the No. 3 golf course. No money changed hands.
The exchange works to the advantage of all three entities. More important, it means that Pinehurst and environs will be assured of having first-rate rescue squad services available for years to come. Three cheers (one each) to the organizations who worked out this imaginative win-win-win arrangement.
Bogey: By all those who, during the recently concluded election campaign, saw fit to express their political opinions by doing their best to silence the expressions of others.
We're talking about those - and you know who you are - who disgraced themselves by tearing down or defacing signs promoting candidates they opposed.
Now that the election is history and the remaining signs have turned into so much litter, we tend to sympathize with letter writer Pat Bryan, who jokingly opined on Wednesday: "Where are the 'sign stealers' when we need them?"
But in the heat of the race, those who would so childishly violate the free-speech rights of others are nothing short of un-American.
Eagle: By Eddie Baker and his crew from Lee Electrical and Construction in Aberdeen, who took it upon themselves to venture up to New York State and offer voluntary help to some of the thousands languishing without power in the aftermath of disastrous Super Storm Sandy.
"On behalf of my family and my neighbors on Buckness Drive in Plainview, Long Island, I just wanted to thank Eddie, his entire crew and the great people at Lee Electric for doing what no one else was willing to do to really help us out in very tough times," wrote Robert Sheps. He was one of the many New Yorkers who got their power back earlier than they would have without the intervention of these good Samaritans, who did more than sit around and watch the storm aftermath on TV.
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