Quick takes – March 18

Important donation

We commend Columbus Regional Hospital and IU Health for the donation of 10 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use in the community.

An AED is portable and sends an electric shock through the chest to the heart to restore a normal heart rhythm. It’s commonly used when a person suffers cardiac arrest.

They will be placed in eight locations, including local sports and recreation complexes. The gift increases the number of AEDs in Bartholomew County public areas to 53. Having this additional life-saving equipment on hand throughout the community is a great benefit and added assurance that a person suffering a cardiac emergency could get help quickly.

Smart hire

The City of Columbus was smart to hire a former Louisville & Indiana Railroad executive as a consultant for the creation of quiet zones for trains in the city. Who better than former Louisville & Indiana Railroad president John Secor to provide insider insight on ways to work with the railroad.

With about twice as many trains expected to travel through the city beginning next year, the city is looking into creating quiet zones as one solution to deal with the train traffic and noise.

Secor gave the city a money-back guarantee if the city is not completely satisfied with his work. That’s a rare offer that gives confidence that his work will be complete and done on time.

Third time a charm

Kudos to the Columbus Christian boys basketball team, which won its first National Association of Christian Athletes Tournament championship on March 4 in Dayton, Tennessee, with a 54-50 win in the Division V title tilt.

The Crusaders twice came close to winning the title, losing by one point in overtime of the 2012 and 2014 championship games.

Columbus Christian demonstrated perseverance as a program and earned a well-deserved crown.