Yay: Dads get their celebration on longest day
The solstice fell on Father’s Day, giving dads the longest day of the year for soaking up the adulation of their children. We hope all the dads made the most of it. Next year the solstice will be on a Monday — not everyone’s favorite for an extra-long day.
Boo: Worst presidential announcement ever in the history of the universe
We had to lead with hyperbole to match The Donald (Trump, of course), who made a preposterously egomaniacal speech announcing his candidacy for president. “I will be the greatest jobs president God ever created,” he said. In the course of his speech he also slammed immigrants, and alleged that “China is killing us,” while also saying that he “loves China” and just sold an apartment to a Chinese person for $15 million.
Yay: FDA bans trans fats
The Food and Drug administration has called for phasing out trans fats — aka partially hydrogenated oils, or PHOs — within the next three years. The FDA says they cause higher body weight, heart disease, and memory loss. They've already been reduced because of labeling requirements, and even Crisco is now trans-fat free.
Yay: Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” campaign
First Lady Michelle Obama is promoting a Peace Corps initiative to promote community-based initiatives to keep girls in school. It’s estimated that 62 million school-age girls — half of them adolescents — are not in school, and while there’s been progress at the elementary level, there’s a huge need to encourage families to let girls complete their education. The more education girls get, the better the health of their families and communities.
Yay: African-American community response to Rachel Dolezal
Rachel Dolezal, the now-deposed Spokane NAACP president, just can’t stop defending her false claim that she’s black, but the Spokane African-American community gets our nomination for best sign of the year at a protest demonstration: “Integrity matters.”
Yay: Snaza graduates from FBI academy
Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza graduated from a 10-week FBI course that covered everything from communication skills to understanding terrorism — and a 6.1 mile run that included crawling under barbed wire, climbing over walls, and crossing a cargo net. We’re glad to know he’s in such good shape.
Yay: Squirrel rescue
Way to go, Lacey firefighter Lieutenant Patrick Harn, for rescuing a squirrel that got stuck in a chain link fence. We hope your squirrel bite marks won’t leave scars.
Yay: Pope Francis Addresses Climate Change
Pope Francis made it clear that both science and religious faith call on humanity to take swift and comprehensive action on the ecological crisis caused by climate change. His encyclical will be the topic of conversation in Catholic churches around the world, and adds a vital moral dimension to the conversation about continuing reliance on fossil fuels.
Yay: Woman on $10 bill by 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has confirmed that there will be a $10 bill with a woman’s portrait on it by 2020, the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th amendment to the U. S. constitution. In a social media campaign, abolitionist Harriet Tubman was the top choice, proving that once in a while, social media produce sensible results.