THORNS to the U.S. Senate for failing to pass legislation that would require background checks for gun buyers and a ban on assault weapons. President Barack Obama, who supported the measure, said opponents of the legislation in both parties "caved to the pressure" of special interests. "So all in all this was a pretty shameful day for Washington," Obama said. Indeed.
ROSES to the people of West, Texas, who went through hell during a massive fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday and need all the positive thoughts and prayers we can muster as they try to pick up the pieces. Authorities announced Friday that they had recovered 14 bodies, 10 of which were identified as first-responders, according to an Associated Press report. The explosion injured an estimated 170 people in the town that has a population of just 2,700. ROSES to the organizers of The Shires of Vermont Marathon, who have extended an invitation to anyone who was unable to finish the Boston Marathon to run for free in the May 19 race. The Shires of Vermont Marathon benefits Bennington-based United Counseling Service, an agency that provides community mental health and developmental services in Bennington County. "I hope this helps runners to finish the race, close the loop, and move on," said Shires Race Director Robert Pini.
ROSES to the Cambridge Central School softball team for getting their first Wasaren League victory in more than a year. Cambridge defeated Hoosick Falls 10-5 Wednesday.
THORNS to the man who has been charged with mailing letters laced with the naturally occurring toxin to President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker. Authorities say 45-year-old Paul Kevin Curtis, of Mississippi, also sent a threatening letter to a Mississippi judge, that may have included the toxin called ricin, a deadly poison.
ROSES to 13-year-old Rowan Schatz and his family, who volunteer to raise puppies to become service dogs for the blind. Schatz, of Bennington, took full responsibility for a labrador puppy named Flynn, raising him as his own, from the time the dog was 8 weeks old until he was one and a half. Flynn left Rowan and his family to enter formal training with Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Flynn was the third puppy raised by the Schatz family and released to the nonprofit organization to become a service dog. Thank you for giving us a sweet puppy story to cap off a horrific week.