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Battle of the Badges a success

We give a thumbs up to everyone who gave blood during this year’s Battle of the Badges.

This year’s drive collected 176 units of blood, which is enough blood to save 528 lives. In addition, we congratulate the McPherson Police Department for earning the most votes, the traveling trophy and bragging rights for the next year.

Blood is always in demand, so we encourage eligible donors to give throughout the year as you are able.

Boy Scout completes project at Lakeside Park

We give a thumbs up to Rhys Vanderhoof for his recent Eagle Scout project.

Vanderhoof, a member of Scout Troop #133, organized materials and volunteers to put up new fencing near the Scout Cabin at Lakeside Park. This project improves the safety and appearance of our city parks.

It’s always good to see young people take an interest in service, and we hope more people will follow in Vanderhoof’s footsteps.

Speak out against hate

We give a thumbs up to the people who have spoken out against racism and discrimination in the wake of hateful comments left on the Bethany College campus.

Bethany student leaders organized a chalking event Monday night for student to come and write inclusive messages, and others have joined together to promote tolerance and inclusion.

Hate and divisiveness have no place in our communities, and we hope McPherson County will continue to send a clear message that everyone is welcome here.

Mac High band marching well

We give a thumbs up on their recent marching success.

Last week, the marching band took home the first place sweepstakes out of 15 schools at the Emporia State University marching competition, and are one of 40 bands at the Central States Marching Festival at K-State today.

We wish the Bullpup band good luck and hope everyone has a good time at the show.

Lindsborg helps craftspeople, students

We give a thumbs up to Kristen Hanks and her team for their efforts to raise money for a child’s education and Guatemalan craftspeople.

The team has arranged for Yuda Band bracelets to be sold in Lindsborg through Tuesday. They will also be available at Bethany College’s homecoming game and tailgate party today. Sale of these bands supports their makers in Guatemala, and will fund the education of a boy from Zimbabwe.

We hope more people consider international service when looking for ways to help others.

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Accidental dials tie up resources

Our emergency responders have had a lot of time tied up following up on accidental 911 calls.

Between 10 and 13 percent of all 911 calls are unintentional. While very few are prank calls, these accidental dialings require emergency personnel to tie up resources and make sure there’s no emergency.

We hope everyone will take steps to prevent anyone from accidentally calling 911, so that their resources can be spent protecting our community.

Faked numbers cause problems

We give a thumbs down to those who fake their phone number just to get a sale — or worse, in pursuit of a scam.

Some McPherson County residents have reported on Facebook that they have received calls that present false caller identification. Law enforcement has not received any complaints yet, but technology exists to allow someone to present fake caller identification. At best, it’s an attempt to get someone to answer a sales pitch. At worst, a scammer to take a caller unawares to obtain personal information.

We encourage county residents to be sure callers are who they say they are.

— Josh Arnett for the McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board.