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Cheers, no jeers

Cheers — to SWAT teams from the Medford Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff's Department, which handled a tense standoff without a shot being fired by officers or the man barricaded inside his garage. The situation dragged on for 24 hours, but the police agencies refrained from aggressive moves that might have led to gunfire. They cut off water and power to the house and waited. It can be alarming to residents to see heavily armed police in military camouflage, but they are there for a reason, and they showed professionalism and restraint in the weekend incident.

Cheers — to The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County for its "Buy Barnett" coupon book effort. The chamber is distributing a collection of coupon specials and advertising on behalf of the 50 businesses affected by the closure of Barnett Road while the bridge over Bear Creek is rebuilt.

Craig Stone, past chairman of the chamber, said the organization has been a vocal supporter of transportation projects, including the South Medford Interchange Project, and wanted to help affected businesses cope.

Cheers — to the hair stylists from Salon Static who volunteered their time and talents to give White City Elementary School students back-to-school trims during orientation last week. It may seem like a small gesture, but personal appearance is a huge factor in children's self-esteem, and professional haircuts can be one expense too many for parents coping with back-to-school costs during a recession.

Cheers — to Ashland High School students Brie Powers and Jessie Karlovich, who are among 60 volunteers contributing to a weekly advice column for teens published in more than a dozen California newspapers. Judging by their responses to questions from peers about drugs, relationships and dealing with parents, the two show a maturity level many might find surprising.

While some teenagers fall victim to drug and alcohol abuse, delinquency and worse, these two are reminders that many teens are rapidly becoming responsible, reliable adults. Bravo.