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Our View: Helping out with life skills

Published: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:

Thumbs up: To Sunshine Taxi owner Tamra Tomasello, who when contacted by a Woodstock North teacher about ride service for special-needs students, said she’d be happy to provide the rides for free. Through the Woodstock School District 200 Life Connections program, young adults with special needs learn life skills such as grocery shopping, cooking and applying for jobs. Tomasello’s contribution makes it a bit easier.

Thumbs down: To looting in towns destroyed by last month’s tornadoes. Three Peoria men were charged Tuesday with felony looting charges after investigators say they were looting a tornado-damaged home in the central Illinois community of Washington. Washington Police Cmdr. Jeff Stevens says authorities got a tip from a TV crew that spotted the men at a destroyed home. Their car had electronics and valuables inside. Rebuilding your life is hard enough, and it’s made more difficult when people have to worry about looters.

Thumbs up: To the Cary-Grove basketball team, which donated 2,000 pounds of food to the Cary-Grove Food Pantry recently. The effort, led by junior basketball player Nick Barr, amounted to two truckloads of food and a “couple hundred” dollars in monetary donations.

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