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Cheers and jeers

Cheers — to Sen. Ron Wyden for introducing, Congress for passing and President Obama for signing legislation to speed up contracting for air tankers to fight wildfires across the West this summer, including here in Southern Oregon should that be necessary.

Summer has not even started yet, and 100 fires already are burning in Colorado, New Mexico and seven other states. The legislation, which was introduced June 4, passed the Senate on Thursday and the House on Friday. Obama signed the bill Wednesday.

Jeers — to thrill-seekers who insist on playing war games with realistic-looking firearms — in Josephine County, where residents have been urged to arm themselves for protection after sheriff's department and jail budgets were slashed.

The most recent incident happened in Grants Pass, which still has a functioning police department. Trained officers managed not to shoot anyone after responding to a call from a startled resident who saw someone with face paint and a rifle in the backyard. We wouldn't want to trust that a jittery — and armed — resident would show the same restraint.

Cheers — to Kya McAlister, the Phoenix High School graduate headed to the U.S. Naval Academy and perhaps eventually to medical school. McAlister, a valedictorian with perfect grades, was the only high school student invited to present a cardiology project to the American Heart Association. She spent three summers as an intern at Oregon Health Sciences University, creating latex models and developing a way to assess the volume of the right ventricle of people with heart disease, allowing doctors to avoid exploratory surgery. Not bad for a 17-year-old high school student.

Cheers — to Dave Moosman, a retired doctor who was honored as a Community Hero by Safeco Insurance for his years of dedicated service to St. Vincent DePaul's local council. Moosman helped start a Family Shelter Conference, founded a home visitation conference to serve shut-ins, created the Urban Rest Stop program, providing the homeless with showers and laundry facilities, and started a program to help people obtain medications they can't afford.