The Times' Newsroom staff weigh in on their top five things of the week they'd like to see happen.
Don’t take people’s coffee
There’s nothing better than a warm cup of coffee to help jump-start your morning and getting a “cup of joe” from a local establishment is kind of a big deal when you’re used to the stuff from home or work. So, after waiting in the long morning line, you stand back and wait for your delicious caffeinated beverage. Imagine the horror when you step up to the counter to look for your cup and discover there’s nothing there after a seemingly-long wait. The people behind you start getting their delicious concoctions and you have none. After you tell the person behind the counter that someone must have taken your coffee by mistake, you think the logical “good customer service” thing to do would be to have them quickly make you a new one with an apology. So, when they serve the people behind you first, it leaves a sour taste in your mouth. Now that you have run out of time to be at that establishment, you have to ask for a refund instead with no cup of coffee to take back with you. Can’t we do better than that? First, to that person that took the extra cup of coffee, shame on you. There’s no doubt that you know how to count and you knew it quite possibly wasn’t yours. Second, if you’re in food service and you make a mistake, fix it as soon as possible. It’s common sense and won’t make your customer leave with nothing in their hands.
Before #metoo, remember all of Trump’s accusers
In this age of #metoo, let us just mention once again for the record that the current President of the United States has been accused of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women. He is on tape describing how he likes to sexually assault women because he's a celebrity and he can get away with it, and he's also accused of, when he owned the Miss Universe Pageant, walking into the dressing rooms unannounced to see the young contestants in various states of undress. But, apparently, if current White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders implies that all of Donald Trump's accusers are lying, then they’re lying.
Vikings: Ride Keenum as long as possible, unless things turn really ugly
Vikings quarterback Case Keenum was playing as good as a quarterback could in the third quarter of the Vikings' 38-30 win over the Redskins. Literally, he was perfect, with a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating, going by the NFL's complicated quarterback rating system. But then Keenum threw two ill-advised, even ugly interceptions, making the winning margin closer than it should have been. But, please, let's not talk about bringing in Teddy Bridgewater to replace him. Keenum should start until he either plays awful for an extended period of time and the team gets on a losing streak, or he gets hurt. We all love Bridgewater, and his comeback from one of the most devastating leg injuries ever is remarkable. But he is no savior. When he got hurt, he was a solid NFL quarterback on a solid NFL team. And, let's face it, this is going to be nerve-wracking if and when Bridgewater returns. He was hurt in a completely fluky, non-contact play, and every time he drops back, runs or gets a hit, fans are going to be in pins and needles. Let's ride Keenum as long as we can.
NFL: Stop giving skeptics reason to question your motives
We get it. The National Football League and the other professional sports leagues want to make themselves look good while participating in various positive, uplifting initiatives. No other league comes under more scrutiny than the NFL, which naysayers say profits nicely from some of these initiatives that are meant to raise money for worthy causes, so much so that the NFL in these various campaigns feels compelled to trumpet the notion that it's not profiting from things like going all pink for breast cancer awareness. But this past Veterans Day weekend was a bit much. We're all about saluting veterans on Nov. 11 and, in fact, every day of the year, but it was obvious the NFL, feeling the financial sting from those who wrongly feel its players are disrespecting the flag and soldiers by not standing for the National Anthem, wanted to show again and again and again that it loves its veterans, the flag, and the United States of America. During this weekend's games it got to the point that skeptics, instead of thinking the NFL was doing a nice thing, were once again convinced the NFL is looking out for its bottom line more than anything else.
Don’t forget November is National Adoption Month
November is National Adoption Month and, each year, it’s important to bring attention to the need for permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. foster care system. For 2017, the initiative’s theme is “Teens Need Families, No Matter What” which focuses on the thousands of teenagers that are less likely to be adopted because of their age. All children deserve to be loved and, whatever their situation, adoption can be life-changing for them. To become a foster parent or learn more about foster care and adoption, call Polk County Social Services a 281-3127 or visit www.childwelfare.gov.