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The winners and the losers: Drones are better for pizza delivery than spying

Published: Saturday, June 15 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Winner: All these years later, the world continues to hunt down Nazis and their collaborators, part of an important effort to make sure the world doesn't forget what happened in World War II. This week the Associated Press revealed evidence linking a 94-year-old resident of Minnesota to a commanding role in the slaughter of mostly women and children in a Ukranian village in 1944. Michael Karkoc allegedly lied to immigration officials when he moved to the United States after the war. The massacre was in retaliation for the death of a German SS officer. More than 40 people were killed and the village was burned. If the Justice Department finds validity to the claims, Karkoc could be deported, and Germany has shown an interest in prosecuting him for war crimes. Better late than never.

Loser: Speaking of war atrocities, the United Nations said this week nearly 93,000 people have died so far in the internal conflict in Syria, with experts saying the actual figure could be much higher. President Obama and other world leaders were reassessing what to do, especially after the United States confirmed the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against opposition groups. Unfortunately there are no easy answers, which is small comfort to the civilians who are suffering in the crossfire.

Loser: Lest you think Americans are leaving racism behind them, online reaction this week to young Sebastien De La Cruz' rendition of the national anthem before Game 3 of the NBA Finals was a stark reality check. De La Cruz is an American. He is 11 years old and was born and raised in San Antonio. And yet someone named Ben Koeck asked on Twitter, "This kid is Mexican, why is he singing the national anthem?" The comment was, unfortunately, typical. The Internet gives license for such remarks because of its anonymous nature and apparent lack of consequences. That doesn't make them any less ugly than those made openly.

Winner? We're frankly not sure whether drones are the next great development in restaurant technology, but we're sure it's better to use them to deliver pizzas than to spy on Americans. As described in a Deseret News story this week, a number of restaurants have begun experimenting with drones, using them to deliver food to a table or pizza to a house. Despite the risks involved with fast-spinning rotor engines, the contraptions may not be spill-free. They probably are as efficient as food servers on roller skates, however, and those have been around for decades.

Winner: Regardless of what bad things they may have done in life, the 360 Utah inmates who earned their high school diplomas this week ought to be congratulated. Prisons are often criticized as being little more than training grounds for criminals, but these inmates have shown a commendable desire to improve themselves and, with more hard work, one day become contributing members of society. That would be a victory for them and the rest of us.

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