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December 13, 2013

Our view: Cheers, jeers for recent newsmakers

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Environmental officials hope to keep the insect in check by clamping down on the movement of certain wood products from areas where the beetle is found, working with landowners to ensure infested trees are disposed of properly, and continuing the state’s ban on bringing firewood into state parks and forests.

CHEERS to the Fit Girls Run Club of Marblehead, who were a sight to see at Saturday’s North Shore YMCA’s Reindeer Run 5K in Beverly.

The club, a program of the Seaside Run Club, helps build confidence and self-esteem for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade girls by helping them train for a 3.1-mile road race.

The girls meet twice a week after school for non-competitive runs to help build their endurance. At the end of the six-week program, they take part in a local road race. This year’s race was the Reindeer Run, and the sea of young athletes streaming along the course made what has become a December tradition for local runners even more special.

JEERS to those even considering allowing phone calls on airplanes.

The Federal Communications Commission started debate on the issue yesterday, and there will be several meetings before a final decision is made on whether to overturn the agency’s 22-year-old ban, which new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called “outdated and restrictive.”

Wheeler is right when he notes there is no technical or safety reason to restrict calls on planes. But we agree with him as well when he says that just because you can have phones on planes doesn’t mean you should.

“I understand the consternation caused by the thought of your onboard seatmate disturbing the flight making phone calls,” Wheeler said. “I do not want the person in the seat next to me yapping at 35,000 feet any more than anyone else.”

We agree. It’s likely the decision will be left up to individual airlines, which is how it should be. Here’s hoping they make the right call.

CHEERS, finally, to the Bishop Fenwick Crusaders football team, which finished a perfect 13-0 season with a decisive 28-0 Super Bowl win over Northbridge at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.

The title was the third for Fenwick, with previous Super Bowl wins in 1999 and 2000.

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