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You have to admit, for the majority of North County baseball fans, the World Series finale was a bitter disappointment.

Not so much because the Astros won, but because the Dodgers lost. The final score was 5-1, and in most local venues there was universal dismay under a sea of Dodger-blue baseball caps.

You’d think that on this Saturday — the day we hand out roses and/or raspberries — a “loser” would deserve a raspberry. But that’s not the case. The Dodgers gave it everything they had, and with the help of a miraculous Astros team gave baseball fans worldwide one of the most exciting, interesting World Series in history.

So, roses to players, coaches and managers of both teams for a season well spent, and for a series worthy of the record books.

And even though we know Dodger fans are, figuratively, feeling blue today, there is one aspect of the series that stands out for us — and is worth a boat load of roses.

Just a few months ago, Houston, home of the Astros, suffered one of the worst major-city calamities in years when a hurricane raced up through the Gulf of Mexico and flooded major sections of the city. Many neighborhoods looked like something out of a doomsday movie.

There were countless stories of heroism, personal loss and suffering. Many Houstonians lost things they’ll never get back, including family members and loved ones.

Now, thanks to the Astros players’ heroics, Houston residents have something to cling to for a lifetime — the city’s first-ever Major League Baseball world championship. We know Dodger fans everywhere are disappointed, but we have to remember the five previous championships the team has earned.

Roses for all the heroes of L.A. and Houston!


Seems like on about half the Saturdays since we launched this roses/raspberries thing, Allan Hancock College has been the recipient of flowers. Here we go again.

A bouquet to Hancock officials for holding in the annual Transfer Day event, designed to open doors from the community college system to four-year colleges and universities.

The most recent Transfer Day attracted more than 500 students, all of whom have their eyes on completing the degree process and moving on to successful careers in fields of their choosing.

This year’s event at the Santa Maria campus featured about 40 representatives from four-year schools, giving potential transferees a golden opportunity — and lots of choices.

About 500 Hancock College students transfer to a four-year college or university every year. Transfer Day provides students with everything they need to gain admission to a four-year university. Hancock also provides students with counseling, workshops and trips to various state universities.

Roses all around at Hancock College — again.


The following is a roses-and-raspberries situation. The sour fruit goes to those whose regard for human life is so diminished that they turn to acts of terrorism, mayhem and murder.

It happened again this week in New York, where a radicalized young man drove a rental truck along a pedestrian/bike path, killing eight and injuring more.

Roses to the rapid responders who tracked down, shot and disabled the killer.

Roses also to local public safety officials who immediately after the New York attack began looking into ways to protect citizens from such attacks.

Santa Maria has worked for years to develop a multi-modal road system that combines spaces for pedestrian, cyclist and motor vehicle users. Just the type of “soft target” terrorists favor.

The world apparently has gone crazy, so be careful out there.