Thumbs up Foundation honors philanthropists Congratulations to LaVon Ediger, board chairman of the ReUse It Center for being named the McPherson Community Foundation’s Philanthropist of the Year. The ReUse It Center is a nonprofit business that receives building material donations, sells the products, and gives the proceeds to local and global charities. Ediger recognized his follow leadership on the board: Bill Toews, vice president; Marianne Miller, secretary; Randy Goering, treasurer; and board members Duane Bender, Don Fast, Eric Litwiller, Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Gary Stucky and Kathy Goering. First runner up for Philanthropist of the Year was Sondra Frank of the McPherson County Resource Council, which received $500 from the Foundation. Second runner up was David Nigh of the McPherson Opera House, which received $250 from the foundation. McPherson says thank you to vets Thank you to all the local residents and veterans who attended and help organize the community Veterans Day celebration on Monday. Our veterans have given us the gift of freedom, and we owe them a debt we can never repay. Anonymous donor gives to food bank A thumbs way up goes to the anonymous donor who gave $50,000 to the McPherson County Food Bank. A formal presentation of the gift was made this week. The funds will me used to expand space at the food bank building at 707 S. Main St. The expansion is badly needed, as the agency has seen a sharp increase in usage during the last two years. The food bank is still about $40,000 from its fundraising goal. We urge you to contribute to the cause by sending checks or pledges to the McPherson County Food Bank, 707 S. Main St., McPherson, KS 67460. Please note on the check you wish your funds to go to the building fund. USD 418 honors Teacher of Year We would like to honor JoRae Myers, a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School, as she was named USD 418 Teacher of the Year this week. Myers received her bachelor’s degree from Bethany College. She began working in McPherson in 2003 and has been an elementary teacher at Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools. Four other teachers also were in the running for the award: Linda Graber of the Early Childhood Center; Jeanne Zeitlow, a teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School; Cindy Presnall, a teacher at Roosevelt; and Cathy Mauch, a special education teacher at Washington Elementary School. Election goes smoothly Newly elected McPherson County Clerk Cathy Schmidt faced her first general election Nov. 6 and came out with flying colors. The election and canvas both ran smoothly and final results were certified Thursday. Thank you to the more than 12,000 McPherson County residents who voted in the election, an almost 78 percent voter turnout rate. And thumbs up to everyone who offered their name up on the ballot. The election process can be costly and emotionally draining on candidates. Voters, poll workers and candidates — everyone who participated in order to make our democracy run — should be commended. Thumbs down Cursive writing a must Some schools have proposed eliminating cursive writing from their curriculums. Although the computer has replaced written script in many circumstances, it will never completely replace the hand-written word. Perhaps we no longer require hours spent perfecting the perfect curves of the ABC’s, but there always will be a need to manually transcribe our thoughts. At the very least, students need to know how to sign their names, and computer keys just won’t do for that.