Thumbs-up: To the Hansen family for keeping Don Hansen’s Alignment & Auto Service open following Donald “Donnie” Hansen tragic death. Hansen, 72, of Woodstock, died Sunday after being ejected from his motorcycle near Woodstock. His family described him as an honest and fair man, who knew more about cars than anything else. We’re glad the family and those who work at the repair shop are keeping it running for Donnie.
Thumbs-up: To moms this Mother’s Day weekend. Being mom is the hardest job in the house. Although many mothers now work outside the home, a 2017 study found that women who are married to men in general still end up doing more of the cooking, childcare and housework than their male partners. Moms are the people who keep the household running. Let’s celebrate them this weekend.
Thumbs-down: To the newest way kids are getting hooked on nicotine. A nicotine vaporizing product available at a store near you called “Juul” has proven popular with high schoolers. Unlike the days of smoking in the boys room, vaping products are much more easily concealed, can be charged via a computer USB port and come in kid-friendly flavors such as “creme brulee,” “fruit medley” and “cool cucumber.” Generations of young people have been lured into tobacco use by marketing and peer pressure, but the newest ways of consuming a highly addictive substance are a concern because they are cheaper than traditional cigarettes and easier to hide.
Thumbs-up: To Americans being freed from North Korea. Early Thursday, three Americans who had been held captive for more than a year by the regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un returned to the U.S. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump were on hand to welcome them and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington. We’re pleased that Americans Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song are free from one of the world’s most brutal regimes. We have not forgotten that college student Otto Warmbier was not so lucky – he returned home in a coma, dying days later. But the release of these hostages represents real progress toward peace on the Korean peninsula. We hope Trump can negotiate a deal with Kim at their June 12 summit to create lasting change in the world.