The Ottumwa Courier

Opinion

May 12, 2012

Saturday Saidits

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OTTUMWA — It won’t be hard to find the color pink today. Hundreds of runners, walkers and supporters will gather at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event at Ottumwa Park this morning racing to raise funds for the organization dedicated in fighting breast cancer.

It’s a sad reality that every year thousands of women, and even some men, are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Years ago it was a considered a death sentence. Today, there are countless survivors, and thanks to research, medical advances and shear willpower, those survivors continue to stand up against the disease.

Not too terribly long ago, uttering the word “cancer” was taboo, frightening, and in some cases, mentioning the word in mixed company was considered inappropriate.

But no longer. By talking about cancer, survivors have shined a light on the disease. They have raised awareness and money. Early detection efforts, such as yearly physicals, mammograms and self-breast exams, have yielded good results.

We support all those who run or walk today, knowing their efforts really do make a difference.

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Bike racks attached to the Ottumwa Transit Authority’s fleet of buses is a good idea.

Contingent upon more research and funding options, the installation of these bike racks would be a good way to promote the city’s desire to become a healthier place to live and may encourage increased bus ridership.

Other communities similar in size to Ottumwa have successfully installed racks on their buses, and riders easily and quickly place and retrieve their bikes with little difficulty.

We support the idea of more follow-up, and hopefully cyclists will soon utilize the OTA buses for their use.

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Finally, here’s to all the moms out there. We hope you have a wonderful day on Sunday and that you know that we appreciate your hard work, time and the sacrifice it takes to be a loving parent.

From those of us lucky to have a mother, or a special aunt, grandmother or someone else acting as a surrogate mom, we know that honoring you should not just be reserved for one day in May. Rather, we should celebrate mothers every day for the love and patience they exhibit.

For many, and we don’t say it often enough, we offer a collective “I love you” to all those mothers. Here’s hoping you have a terrific Mother’s Day!

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