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 ...

State Fair Community College, Camdenton and Eldon schools for their collaboration in the Upward Bound program.

The program, targeted at low-income, at-risk and first-generation college hopefuls, is designed to provide free college-readiness, financial aid and tutoring services that support and motivate students to complete high school and pursue a post-secondary program. Three cheers to that.

Cheers to ...

Gov. Eric Greitens for both his veto of Senate Bill 65 and his executive order initiating a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. SB65 would have allowed people to sit on the side of a boat going down the Lake of the Ozarks. We’re glad to finally see a public official taking safety on the lake seriously.

We were also pleased to see the implementation of a statewide monitoring program. While not everyone is happy with the details, we believe the setup helps sidestep privacy issues and is certainly a long overdue start to making the prescription of highly addictive drugs more accountable in Missouri.

Cheers to ...

Camden County Prosecutor Michael Gilley for the negotiated plea deal that led to Dennis Purdy being sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment. While plea bargains are often criticized, and by us as well, in this case, we believe it was the best option.

Given Purdy’s age, 71, combined with the sentences and nature of the crimes, we do not believe he will be paroled.

Jeers to ...

Parents who don’t take their children’s education seriously. We’ve reached a sad state in our society when so many parents appear to fail in making any effort to make their students attend and care about doing well in school.

See our story regarding attendance issues and performance reviews for School of the Osage, Camdenton and Eldon school districts at www.LakeNewsOnline or in the July 18 edition. How can we demand more and more accountability from our public schools when education is a one-way street? 

Jeers to ...

Japanese beetles. So much work into our gardens, so little mercy from these congregating flying insects. Their large appetite for our green bean plants and rose bushes have us crying “Oh, the humanity! Er, rather, oh, the Popillia japonica!”