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Participation in the Bloodmobile

Thumbs Up: The Red Cross is facing drastic shortages in the country’s blood supply, so much so that some hospitals are having to ration blood for patients who need it.

So it was important that the New Ulm blood drive, held this week, had a good turnout, and it did. The Red Cross collected 366 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, exceeding its 3-day target of 46 units.

Of course, this won’t solve the shortfall, but New Ulm is a great example for other communities organizing blood drives. If we can all get back into the habit of giving blood, we can save many more lives.

Bravo, donors of New Ulm.

Library Seminars

Thumbs Up: Public libraries seem to be growing far beyond places to go and borrow books, although they still do a great job there. The new public library in Ulm offers very interesting and educational programs, not only for children but also for adults. Last fall, the library offered a six-session seminar on the Constitution, which was very well received. This month, the Library offers a series on evaluating news media, with information on how to assess their truthfulness and reliability. There is an old saying, “You can’t believe everything you read in the newspaper” and we know this is also true for other news outlets, especially in the age of 24/7 news channels and social media.

Thanks to the New Ulm Public Library for continuing to develop ways to meet the needs of the public.

Curb greed

Thumbs Down: Martin Shkreli is still in the news as the poster boy for corporate greed. Shkreli rose to prominence in 2015 when his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, secured exclusive rights to a lifesaving drug that sold for $13.50 a pill and raised the price to $750 a pill. He resigned as CEO and is in jail for securities fraud, but still appears to be involved in company operations while incarcerated.

A judge is asking Shkreli to return $64 million in ill-gotten profits and stay out of the pharmaceutical business for the rest of his life. Amen.

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