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Our View: Congrats and thanks in order

The state of our economy today is in such disarray that it causes many to feel uncertain about the future, and justifiably so. People adjust their budgets and judge each cost and expenditure on whether it’s necessary.

They don’t know what tomorrow will bring but fear the worst.

However, one expense many in our community stuck with was funding Moffat County United Way, a noble and necessary organization that will provide for about 50 local health and human service agencies this year.

Our community funded United Way to the record-setting tune of $515,000, exceeding its $485,000 goal.

Once again, the people of Craig and Moffat County have shown their true colors by contributing to this worthwhile endeavor.

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But, what makes this example all the more impressive than the numerous other similar cases is that it happened at a time when so many are worried about their personal finances.

United Way contributors, and also the businesses that matched employees’ contributions, should be commended for their compassionate spirit and giving ways, the Editorial Board contends.

The money community members and businesses provided will be used to better the community around them and, most importantly, help people who need it.

It’s been proven, and by now, to be expected, that our community will respond with generosity in others’ times of need. That the United Way allocations came in such a difficult economic environment is an exceptional feat and one to be admired.

The Editorial Board thanks all of our community’s contributors, and board members have no trouble stating with certainty that United Way and the people it serves are even more grateful for the help.

Speech and debate represent at state

An additional achievement that reflects well on our community and its residents occurred recently in Denver, where Moffat County High School speech and debate students competed at the state tournament.

Thirteen of our students competed, and five of them finished among the best in their respective categories.

The high school students’ performance, coming just a few weeks after the girls varsity basketball team and a few individual wrestlers competed admirably in their respective state tournaments, is an indicator of the wide range of talents our local youths have and of the balanced slate of activities they are exposed to at MCHS.

The school district should be commended for providing well-rounded offerings, and our students should be praised for applying themselves to their chosen activities.

This time around, congratulations are in order for the speech and debate team and its coach, Eric Hansen, for their strong showing at the state tournament.

You represented your school, your community and yourselves well, and the Editorial Board recognizes as much.

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