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Thumbs up to the Fourth of July in Cloquet. Even Mother Nature cooperated (sort of) by limiting showers to non-peak hours. Kudos to volunteer organizer Lisa Karulak and her band of volunteers. She's looking for more people willing to help plan ne...

Thumbs up to the Fourth of July in Cloquet. Even Mother Nature cooperated (sort of) by limiting showers to non-peak hours. Kudos to volunteer organizer Lisa Karulak and her band of volunteers. She's looking for more people willing to help plan next year's event. Go ahead, give her a call at 218-390-3789. The more, the merrier!

Thumbs down to a complete lack of discussion at the July 6 Cloquet City Council meeting. Even if councilors have already made up their minds about which way they plan to vote, at least allow city staff or experts on hand to explain the proposals for the benefit of folks who may be attending the meeting in person or watching on CAT-7. While we acknowledge summer is too short in the Northland, elected officials choose to run for office and should be prepared to attend meetings and explain their decisions on glorious summer evenings as well as cold winter nights.

Thumbs up to readers who are demanding to know more about local candidates for county commissioner, Cloquet school board and Sixth Judicial Court judge before the Aug. 10 primary election. Look for stories in the Pine Journal before the primary and cast an educated vote.

On the subject of elections, however, thumbs down to electing judges. Why do we want people to run for a judge's seat? As a nation, people are upset with how beholden members of Congress are to their big campaign donors. Do we really want our nation's judges to share in that culture of indebtedness?

Finally, thumbs up to Jordan Tucker's family and the Cloquet Youth Soccer Association for putting on such a great clinic at no cost to area youth soccer players. It's a great way to kick off the summer/fall soccer season and an even better way to keep Jordan's memory alive. The Esko student died in November 2008 of Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS) - a condition in which the electrical impulses that made his heart beat correctly weren't functioning properly - in the fall of his senior year. An All-Conference soccer goalie for the CEC, Tucker was in excellent physical condition. His condition had never been caught because he'd never had an EKG test. According to the SADS Web site, sads.org, some 4,000 young people under the age of 35 die each year from Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome. Many of these deaths are much like Jordan's - a total shock with no previous symptoms. While we remember Jordan, we hope that parents and kids are also making a note never to ignore symptoms like heart pain or an unexpectedly racing heart, no matter how young.

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Jana Peterson

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