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Originally published: 2014-02-08 16:00:20
Last modified: 2014-02-08 16:01:06

Our View: Competition fuels pride, charity

Thumbs-up: to each Special Olympian participating in the 2014 Special Olympics Southeast Winter Games. More than 150 athletes from four states competed in skiing and snowboarding trials at Appalachian Ski Mountain -- all displaying a pride and enthusiasm that would rival that of any participant in Sochi this week.

Thumbs-up: to the continued evolution of and support for Blood Sweat and Gears. The 16th edition of the High Country's signature biking fundraising event sold out in minutes -- ensuring that the nonprofit will be able to continue its mission of giving back to others.BSG donated $20,000 to local organizations in 2012.

Thumbs-up: to then there were three. Appalachian State University's chancellor search committee has narrowed the field to three applicants. Although we have voiced opinion that the campus community would be better served had the search process been more open, we offer a tentative thumbs up in anticipation that the committee's recommendations will serve UNC system President Tom Ross well as he determines a replacement for retiring Chancellor Ken Peacock.

Thumbs-up: to seeing red. People across the nation are wearing red today in support  for women in the fight against heart disease. National Wear Red Day recognizes that heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.

Thumbs-down: to the revitalized "ring and run" scams. Beware of missed phone calls from area codes 473, 284, 649 and 876. Be aware that scammers from those area codes are international in origin. Those curious to call the missed ring could incur telephone charges as much as $20 per minute.