SHORT TAKES: Greenville wrestlers keep rolling

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:45 am on Monday, February 11, 2013

Congratulations to the perennial powerhouse Greenville High School wrestling team on capturing its eighth consecutive Division 2 district title at Fremont last Thursday.

Coach Paul Johnson’s 2013 edition of wrestling champions (26-4) will face Escanaba in the regional semi-finals in Mount Pleasant this Wednesday.

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Last Wednesday’s Daily News carried a column by Greenville Board of Education President Janet Ralph on “what is right with your public schools.”

This highly informative column highlighted the increased significance of our public schools in the ever-increasing complexity of community life. If you missed it, it is well worth the reading.

What’s right with our public schools are dedicated educators like Janet Ralph, Superintendent Pete Haines, their superb leadership support team and the strong backing they receive from the people of Greenville. Let’s keep it going.

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We’re still in the tough stage of winter, and this newspaper has had too many accounts of tragic home fire losses.

This is a reminder to alert your family and friends to any and all unsafe practices in the home. Candles, portable heaters, frayed or over-loaded extension cords, woodstoves and fireplaces and appliances not intended to provide home heating are all sources of danger.

Also, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.

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Michigan’s Supreme Court ruled last Friday against the business of marijuana shops.

The whole matter would be laughable if it weren’t for people who are genuinely suffering, and for whom cannabis consumption appears to offer some relief. This isn’t rocket science. Many Americans don’t see much difference between the dangers of marijuana and the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

However, marijuana is a federally controlled substance and there could have been ongoing and wasteful litigation between federal and Michigan state agencies. No matter, we already have a nationwide network licensed by the government to dispense controlled substances. They’re called pharmacies. They dispense medicines prescribed by your primary care physician.

We don’t presume to have the ultimate solution to the problem, but surely our legislature could begin to connect the dots.

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As we grudgingly shovel the relentless snow we’ve had lately, bear in mind the plight of our Great Lakes water levels, recently reported to be at the lowest since recording began in 1918. You can then be thankful that your unwanted snow is helping to alleviate a serious shortage in our state’s most precious natural resource.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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