A look at the things we liked - and didn't like - this week in the McPherson area.

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Veterans Day
We give a thumbs up to all our veterans for their sacrifices to keep our country safe.
We also give a thumbs up to those who have recognized veterans for their service. Cecil ‘Dick’ Gage recently received a quilt for his service in WWII, and Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the first special forces unit in WWII. Members of this unit were from Kansas.
We hope all veterans have a wonderful Veteran’s day.

Highway patrol pushes deer safety
We give a thumbs up to the Kansas Highway Patrol for educating people on what to do in case of a car versus deer collision.
Deer are more active this time of year, and the county typically sees a spike in accidents involving deer. The highway patrol has released several stories about how to avoid an accident and what to do if drivers find an accident is inevitable.
We hope people will use the patrol’s advice to better ensure their safety.

Anonymous donor matches donations
We give a thumbs up to the anonymous donor offering 50 cents for every dollar given to  the McPherson County Community Foundation unrestricted fund between now and Dec. 31.
This will allow the foundation to engage in long-term solutions to problems like hunger and homelessness; to respond quickly to civic emergencies; to build families and inspire artists; and to educate, inform and uplift.

Teachers go to China
We give a thumbs up to Carmen Zeisler and Jennifer Love for spending five weeks teaching in China.
Zeisler and Love helped Chinese students learn to work in groups and also learned new ways of teaching.
We hope these teachers will continue to apply their experiences to their classrooms here in McPherson.

Young McPherson athletes go big
We give a thumbs up to the McPherson High School soccer and football teams for making it so far in the postseason play.
We wish them luck this weekend. Go Pups!
We also give a thumbs up to McPherson and Smokey Valley runners for placing at state and the Strikers U-11 for taking the Governor’s Cup.
We’re proud of our young athletes for their achievements.

Thumbs down
Disabilitysupport remains underfunded
We give a thumbs down to the state and federal government for the continued underfunding of disability support services.
People with disabilities need this support to live as independently as possible. The system has not seen a significant funding increase in several years, and between 4,000 and 6,000 people are waiting to get help they qualify for.
Though money is tight, we hope our elected officials will find a way to help the people in our communities who need it most.

— Josh Arnett for the McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board