Quick Takes editorial

Heed warnings

An unfortunate pattern continued during the most recent round of heavy rain, high water and road closures. Barricades would be set out to indicate areas of concern or roads that were closed, but motorists still continued to ignore them.

Why that happens is mind boggling. The barriers are erected for a reason: to divert traffic elsewhere. Yet, despite warning from law enforcement that drivers who ignored the signs and drove around them would be issued citations, motorists did so anyway. And some got stuck and had to be rescued. That’s a problem.

Motorists who go around the barriers, despite being warned not to, and get stuck deserve the citations. Updates about high water areas and road closures were updated repeatedly by Bartholomew County Emergency management and shared by local media. Motorists created situations that were avoidable, then cost time and resources to resolve that could have been better used elsewhere.

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The signs are posted for good reason. Heed the warnings.

Beneficial grant

We’re happy to hear that the Columbus-based Community Education Coalition has received a nearly $1 million grant spanning three years from the Strada Education Network to support programming in its Economic Opportunities through Education Network.

That will be a boost to a variety of efforts aimed at raising education attainment levels, and providing people with skills needed to obtain in-demand jobs that pay well. Those efforts include raising Latino attainment, college readiness initiatives, new or expanded information technology programs offered by Ivy Tech and more help for adult learners.

The money will be put to good use and is a welcome benefit.

Great help for kids

The children’s museum in Columbus in a big hit with adults. Carnivale: Spain, the 16th annual fundraiser for kidscommons, attracted more than 300 people to the facility on Feb. 9 and produced estimated record revenues of $125,000.

Money generated from the fundraiser helps support the museum’s programming that serves more than 50,000 people each year. That’s a tremendous benefit and aid for children and their learning.

Those who supported the organization and its mission by attending the fundraiser deserve thanks.