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Cheers and jeers

Cheers — to Medford physician Theresa Chan, who spent three weeks in the Philippines in February helping mothers and children in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed 7,000 people. Chan arrived on the island of Panay in the central Philippines, which took a direct hit from the category 5 storm three months earlier. She taught nurse midwives how to manage postpartum hemorrhaging and repaired obstetric lacerations. She also delivered some babies in remote, rural areas of the island.

Cheers — to Crater High School senior Shelby Allensworth, who made it her senior project to promote organ donations like the ones that gave her father new leases on life after kidney disease. Shelby planned to register classmates to be organ donors at school today, and plans a public event later as well. Today's event is cosponsored by Donate Life Northwest, an organization that promotes organ donation.

Not only can individuals register to be organ donors upon their deaths, but living donors also are needed to contribute organs such as kidneys that can save a life without harming the donor.

For more information, see donatelifenw.org.

Jeers — to Portland city officials who decided to dump 38 million gallons of drinking water because one teenager urinated in an open reservoir on Mount Tabor.

Tests of the water indicated no risk to anyone's health. Did we mention the reservoir is not covered? Animals live in and around it. Any contaminants that find their way into the water are diluted in 38 million gallons of water. The officials in question admit they have found dead animals in the reservoir but have not bothered to dump any water.

Meanwhile, other parts of the country are suffering drought conditions. A Los Angeles Times blog post carried this headline: "Teen urinates in reservoir; officials to flush 38M gallons; L.A. weeps."

Cheers — to a new bus service that will offer low-cost transportation between Grants Pass and Medford thanks to a federal grant from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Fund. The new bus line, which will run all the way from Cave Junction to Ashland with transfers, will offer five runs a day — two in the morning, two in the afternoon and one at mid-day. The fare from Grants Pass to Medford will be $2; from Cave Junction to Ashland, $4.

The line serves an immediate need, especially for Rogue Community College students who live in one city and need to take a class offered only at the other campus. The cheap rids also will be a boon to seniors who need to travel to Medford for medical care.