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Editorial: It seems to us – Buffalove for Bieler; a professor’s gesture; and always, always lock the car

How many people know the person who runs the dealership where they bought their last car? Most might be lucky to remember the name of their salesperson.

Scott Bieler may be the exception. The president and CEO of West-Herr Automotive Group seems to be the kind of man whom people, including his employees, want to know. Because of his generosity, his concern for others and his love of what he does, people are drawn to him.

That became obvious – painfully so – when a fall in January threatened Bieler with paralysis and confined him to Mercy Hospital for seven weeks. Support poured in. Employees, customers, friends and family – the people he had somehow touched – wanted to express their own concern.

Call it love. When you hear the expression “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy,” the subtext is usually sarcastic. Not in the case of Scott Bieler, whose condition has dramatically improved. He has well earned the affection of those around him.

And speaking of decency: A professor at San Jacinto College in Texas went above and beyond recently to help out an overburdened student.

United Press International reports that student Haley Yates arrived late for class, which started the same time she clocked out of a 10-hour work shift. That left no time to do anything but pick up her baby, Alayia, and head straight to class.
Whereupon, professor Barbie Hicks took the infant and held her so that her student could prepare for a exam. “My professor took her from my hands and taught class so I would be able to review before our test. I’m forever grateful,” Yates wrote in a tweet, which went viral.

Small gesture, big difference.

Another reason always to remember to lock your car: If you don’t, its interior can be wrecked. By a bear. Who might figure out how to open the door while scrounging for food, but find himself unable to get out.

That’s what happened near Lake Tahoe, Calif., where deputies from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office were called to free the bruin who, with hibernation aforethought, had caught the scent of food.

It was all in a day’s work, though. Earlier this month, Placer County deputies rescued another bear – named T-shirt for a large white patch on his front – from a dumpster. Bear and deputies were all appropriately unnerved.


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