Quick takes – March 5th

Can-do attitude

The eighth annual CANstruction event to feed the hungry ended Sunday, and the results were impressive. It set a record with 38,012 cans of food donated, surpassing last year’s 36,700. Every can collected goes to the food pantries run by Love Chapel, Salvation Army and Community Center of Hope.

Equally impressive were the sculptures made out of canned food and displayed at FairOaks Mall.

Those who participated — such as social service agencies, businesses and clubs — and those who stopped by to look and vote for their favorite sculptures deserve congratulations. The event supports an important mission and positively impacts the lives of Bartholomew County residents who need a helping hand.

Sensible idea

A stretch of U.S. 31 through Taylorsville, where it intersects with Bear Lane, has been a concern for some Bartholomew County residents, especially after a Feb. 1, 2015 accident that left former Columbus North High School basketball star Josh Speidel with serious physical injuries.

Now, the Indiana Department of Transportation is asking the Bartholomew County Commissioners to work as full partners with them in future decisions and improvements regarding the Taylorsville intersection. That’s a welcome and sensible idea.

A collective effort that ensures that both parties are working toward a common goal is prudent. Efforts that improve safety for motorists are worth encouraging. We hope a partnership yields beneficial solutions.

Good job, Rex

A dog is man’s best friend, and a police dog is a criminal’s worst nightmare.

Columbus Police Department K-9 Rex had nearly 250 apprehensions, searched more than 100 buildings for suspects and went on about 200 tracking missions during an eight-year career. However, that career recently ended with his retirement.

Rex was a good asset for the department and demonstrated the value of police dogs to law enforcement, using his tracking skills and ability to sniff out drugs to help put criminals behind bars.