Our View: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

January 14, 2019

We admit we were skeptical when it was announced that members of the Rochester City Council and newly elected mayor Kim Norton would be installed in an inauguration ceremony — the first in the city’s history, as far as we can tell.

But Monday’s ceremony at Mayo Civic Center turned out to be an inspired and inspiring event. It recognized and formalized the transfer of responsibility for city government. It ratified the results of last year’s election.

Surprisingly, 400 people attended the ceremony, indicating widespread interest in city government.

The inauguration of city officials looks to us like a new tradition worth continuing.

Thumbs down to unlocked doors

Law enforcement officials have issued warnings for several weeks now that residents should keep their homes and garages locked, and that car owners should not leave their idling cars unattended and unlocked.

Last week again, someone warming up their car went in the house, and looked out the window a few minutes later to see the car being driven away. It has happened on other occasions this winter.

Likewise, some home invasions have been committed by burglars who find unlocked doors an easy way to gain entry to a private home.

We can only reiterate what police and sheriff’s officials have said time and again: Lock your house and car doors. Don’t provide criminals an opportunity to make you a victim.

Thumbs up to Sunday library hours

Visit the Rochester Public Library on a Sunday afternoon and you’ll be impressed by the number of people, especially families, who have chosen to spend an hour or two or three sampling what the library offers.

Besides demonstrating the attraction of the library, it illustrates what we’ve long thought: People are always looking for inexpensive and convenient leisure options.

On a Sunday at the library, they can peruse books and magazines, check out a couple videos, sample music CDs, shop in the Friends of the Library bookstore, or do homework research. With parking free in the adjacent ramp on Sundays, this might be the best entertainment bargain in town.

Especially in the dead of winter, there aren’t many better places to be on a Sunday afternoon than the Rochester Public Library.

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