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LABOR FEST

Labor Person of the Year recipients

KEA executive director Kendra Koeppen-Mulwana, left, and Paula Gallo, a longtime member of the American Postal Workers Union and local AFL-CIO treasurer, right, were co-recipients of this year’s Kenosha AFL-CIO Labor Person of the Year.

LAUREL: To Gavin Lux, the Kenosha product who made quite a splash in his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After being drafted right out of Indian Trail High School in 2016, Lux rose through the Dodgers’ farm system and made his Big League debut on Monday. He didn’t disappoint, collecting two hits and three runs on Monday and another hit on Tuesday. He’s playing for possibly the best team in the MLB; a World Series ring isn’t out of the question. Way to make Kenosha proud, Gavin!

DART: To whatever the problem is between the city and the Southern Wisconsin All Airborne Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association Inc.’s annual fundraising car show on Simmons Island. The association says it has to move the show because the city is making it too difficult to continue; the city is saying that the permitting process is easier than ever and the associations gets a fee waived because it is a veterans group. We don’t know where the fault lies; we just hope the two sides can work something out so the show — which helps the veterans group give money to severely injured soldiers — can continue in the city.

LAUREL: To Paula Gallo and Kendra Koeppen-Mulwana, co-winners of the Kenosha County AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Labor Person of the Year Award. Both were lauded at Monday’s Laborfest for their dedication and passion in working for the rights of workers. Kenosha has a long union history, and it’s important to recognize those who continue the fight for working-class families.

DART: To the ongoing — and seemingly never ending — stories about people driving drunk and too fast. The latest involved a woman going 92 mph on the interstate with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.472, which is five times the legal limit. The crashes and the arrests keep mounting, but it seems no one is getting the message.

LAUREL: To Kristine Hess, who is donating a kidney to her former childhood neighbor, Kaia LeMay, who is in end-stage renal failure. It was a longshot that the two were a match; Kaia was adopted from South Korea. Though the families had moved away, Kristine learned through social media that Kaia was in search of a donor, so she got tested and found she was a match. Kristine is giving the best gift of all — life — to Kaia, in a truly unselfish act. You can help offset the medical costs for the procedure at a fundraiser Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Mason’s Eatery and Pub, 7000 74th Place.

LAUREL: To the grandsons of football legends Vince Lombardi and George Halas, who emphasized during a program at St. Therese last weekend that their grandfathers had gruff exteriors but were focused on getting the most from their players. Too often these days we hear phrases like, “Win at all cost.” There’s a right way to win and a wrong way to win. Halas and Lombardi did it the right way. Sports rivalries can often bring out the worst in people. As the NFL season gets underway, let’s strive for remembering the lessons of sportsmanship: Play hard, play fair, and may the best team win.

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