Cheers to a fun fund-raiser, Jeers to taking needless risks.

Cheers to the RiverView Health Valentine Kiss ‘fun-raiser’
    Since 2005 RiverView Health's Auxiliary has sponsored an annual Valentine Kiss fundraiser. No, a lucky volunteer does not get to be the recipient of actual kisses. Instead, RiverView employees and volunteers can purchase a special valentine for anyone who works in the hospital or care facility.   

    The personalized valentines sell for one dollar and are attached to a decorative bag of ten chocolate kisses. On February 14, they are delivered to surprised recipients.

    The candy kisses are donated by auxiliary members in the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day. Several of these good-hearted ladies spend countless hours bagging up kisses to go and serving as the official hospital postal carriers for the day.

    This fundraiser is unique as it both gives and receives. Well-deserving staff receive a message letting them known their efforts are appreciated and all proceeds go to the RiverView Auxiliary, which amounted to approximately $900 last year.
– Jaime Jensen

Jeers to taking needless risks
    Jeers to the individuals who put their lives at risk and don't do anything to get out of it when they can.

    While we were dealing with a winter storm on Sunday, people in the southern states had their own severe weather in the form of severe thunderstorms. Hattiesburg, Miss. was hit by a violent tornado (170 mph max winds). During its genesis, there was a guy stopped on the side of the road, taking video, explaining how close it was getting to him.

    At one point the funnel that was swirling debris everywhere actually passed in front of him. All he did was sit there, even though he had time to back up.

    Occurrences like this have been a climbing trend in recent years, mostly with people standing outside of the front door and taping a twister, and the country wonders why deaths from tornadoes have been on the rise. If you're an adrenaline junkie, that's fine.

    Nothing's wrong with skydiving or bungee jumping. But staying in the path of a natural disaster is the stupidest thing you could ever do. Leave that to the professional storm chasers who know what they're doing.
– Amanda Wagner, Times intern