Each week, we take a look back at things that made us smile, laugh and congratulate as well as things that made us shake our heads and ask, “What?”

Each week, we take a look back at things that made us smile, laugh and congratulate as well as things that made us shake our heads and ask, “What?”

Cheers to ...

local citizens who exercised their right to assemble July 3, taking part in a protest at the Camden County Courthouse over the past handling and oversight of toxic chemicals at a former manufacturing facility in Camdenton. Historic dumping of the degreasing agent, TCE, led to a superfund site in the city and a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer. Residents of the neighborhood impacted by a contaminated water well are unhappy with how the city handled or didn’t handle oversight of waste disposal into its lagoon.

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the U.S. Coast Guard for clarifying the legal definition of bareboat charter and how it applies to some app-based boat ride services. The clarification shows that some of the services are not legal under federal law. While this might seem like just more burdensome regulations, sometimes rules exist for a reason. Minimizing amateur captaining of vessels in a pay-for-service environment is a continuing public safety issue. In life, you usually get what you pay for. There continues to be value in paying for service from professionals who have been trained to meet certain quality or safety standards. That holds as true for a boat ride as it does for your health care.

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the Missouri Department of Transportation for stepping up to the plate to make changes to the intersection at U.S. Highway 54 and Route W. The last stoplight remaining on Highway 54 between Kingdom City and Camdenton, this intersection is long overdue for an overhaul. We know funding can be tight though, and are happy to see this state agency take steps to make this heavily-congested with a history of traffic crashes safer.

Jeers to ...

the lax and reactive stance local community leaders and politicians continue to take on issues related to public health and safety. Whether it’s safety on the water and around entertainment venues or protective drinking water and wastewater regulations, the Lake area has a long, sad history as do-littles when it comes to serious concerns of this nature. The bury-your-head-in-the-sand attitude for the sake of a couple bucks has to end. No one says the party has to end, but sometimes it does need to be reined in. Criminal and civil regulations should be enforced equally no matter where an incident occurs.

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the Missouri Department of Transportation for taking so long to get something done about the Highway 54 and W intersection. We understand MoDOT has to be prudent with what funding is available, but that intersection is long overdue for a fix.