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Published on December 14, 2017 8:59PM

Last changed on December 14, 2017 9:54PM

A tip of the hat to Helix students — members of the Griswold High School Euro Club, to be exact — who have continued the tradition of Wreaths for Remembrance for another year.

Earlier this week, the club laid 200 wreaths on military veterans’ graves at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. The club has been doing that for eight years, and they hope to grow and soon be able to adorn the more than 1,000 veterans’ graves at the cemetery each year.

Community members make a $20 donation for each wreath.

Veterans or not, it’s wonderful to celebrate and remember a person who has passed away. And we think for school-age students in particular, a trip to a cemetery can be a rewarding, impactful experience.

A kick in the pants to the repeal of net neutrality on Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission.

The decision was opposed by much of the population, and even many corporate interests — except for the interests who own the internet pipes and now stand to make a lot more money.

That money will come out of the wallets of consumers, and out of the budgets of startups and small companies both online and off.

The FCC decision was hailed by the likes of AT&T and Comcast, who had been found to be slowing the speed of competing traffic before the current neutrality rules were hammered into law.

There’s no way around it: new rules will make the internet more expensive, less open and less free.

We’re not naive about this issue. It’s clear that the days of the wide open internet have already disappeared. And it’s us consumers who chose to cede control of the content we see to Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Netflix and others.

When was the last time you accessed a website, shopped online or searched for information without those corporations guiding you?

They — and a few others like them — control almost all of the traffic that had once traveled down the wide-open internet superhighway. Now we have just ceded just a little bit more of that control, this time to internet service providers.


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