• Cheers to the inspiring “Rock the Complex” benefit Saturday night in which some 400 people came out to support 1997 Mount Carmel Area graduate Steve Anoia in his fight against ALS. The Royersford husband and father of two was touched by the overwhelming outpouring of support from classmates, family, friends and strangers when word of his struggles became known in his hometown. “Rock the Complex” is just the latest example of the generous and caring nature of coal region folks, and it also reminds us that, while we all complain about the daily grind, having our health is what matters most.

• Jeers to the disgusting charges brought against an East Cameron Township couple, 62 and 23 years old, involving the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl. Compounding the public concern was the fact that the accused worked for two months at God’s Chuckwagon, the Shamokin-based mobile soup kitchen. But the assault did not occur at the organization nor did those who operate it have anything to do with bringing the accused and the victim together. In the end there are just two people to blame for this, and that is the accused. Meanwhile, God’s Chuckwagon has fed thousands of needy people over the past several years and this nonprofit is now in need of some nourishment of its own in the form of community support.

• Cheers to the 11 past Deppen Scholarship winners who took part in Saturday’s second annual Deppen Day in Mount Carmel. Joseph Deppen’s impact on the community endures decades years after his death, but it’s especially fitting that those who earned the scholarship and the opportunity to attend Bucknell University through it come back and told the stories of their success, providing inspiration for another generation of potential Deppen scholars.

• Jeers to the Delaware Township mother charged with leaving her 21-month-old child in a hot car for more than five hours. Somehow, the child survived the ordeal from 7 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. June 1 at her home. The child was being treated last week at a rehabilitation hospital for brain swelling and damage that could be lifelong ailments. Philadelphia-based Kids and Cars has collected data that indicates 30 children have died after being left inside of hot cars across the United States in 2018, one about every nine days. In pushing for legislation that would require alarms should a child be left in a car, Kids and Cars notes that, since it championed legislation that mandates all vehicles assembled in 2002 and beyond contain a release inside the trunk, no child has died as the result of being stuck inside of the trunk of a car.

• Jeers to the news that the former Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Shamokin, which gained worldwide fame in 1977 when people flocked there to bear witness to the image of Christ on an altar cloth, may be demolished. We understand the church’s plight: Declining membership and an aging building (125-plus years) have left little choice but to abandon the building, and the amount of money needed for repairs simply doesn’t exist. If and when the building is razed, it will indeed be a sad day. But memories of the church will live on for those who worshipped there, and for all who understand that worshipping God requires no physical structure.

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