Winner: The massive landslide this week at the Kennecott Copper Bingham Canyon Mine can be viewed from several aspects. It will put the mine out of commission for a period of time, which will impact the state's economy somewhat. The mine provides a quarter of the nation's copper supply, so the effects could be felt far beyond Utah. But the overwhelming lesson to be learned from the slide has to do with preparedness. Kennecott's equipment began noticing ground movements measuring fractions of an inch back in February. Company officials closed the popular visitor's center and warned the nearby residents of Copperton that a slide was imminent. When the movement reached two inches per day, they removed all employees. As a result, no one was injured in the slide. That's good business, but it's also being a good community member and neighbor.
Loser: Protesters in Britain who plan to march and promote a disrespectful song to mark the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher are showing their true colors. The death of any human being, even a political foe, should be met with a measure of respect, especially when that person was a democratically elected leader of a free nation. The BBC, meanwhile, has decided to broadcast part of the song, "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead," on a Sunday radio show with an explanation as to why Thatcher's enemies were making it a top-selling hit this week. That's beneath the dignity of a respectable network and an insult to a leader who held true to her beliefs and won the support of a majority of her countrymen.
Winner: Anne Frank's story continues to show how goodness can grow from the darkest circumstances. Not only does her famous diary continue to inspire readers, the chestnut tree she could see from her one unblocked window will go on bringing inspiration, as well. The tree itself blew down in 2010, but saplings from it have been distributed around the world. Now the Anne Frank Center USA has chosen where 11 of them will be planted in the United States. All are places renowned for tolerance or struggles against oppression, including the World Trade Center memorial and Holocaust memorial centers in Washington, D.C., and Michigan. Each will carry on as reminders of those dark years in Holland and the resilience of hope.
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