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Civic-minded local organizations have accomplished much for Ketchikan — and the long-running trend shows no sign of ending.

It's a circus all over. Eight years ago, a Congress controlled by the Democrats worked with their newly minted president and quickly instituted the Affordable Care Act, which became known as Obamacare.

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Working together

The world should work together as well when tragedy isn't the focus.

The Malaysian prime minister announced Monday that a missing Malaysia Airlines jet had crashed in a remote corner of the Indian Ocean. The announcement ended about 18 days of speculation as to its fate.

The 239 passengers and crew died. Two-thirds of the passengers hailed from China, 38 from Malaysia and the others from 13 other nations, including the United States.

It was truly an international flight, and its disappearance attracted an international response. It was the focus of a search and rescue operation for more than two weeks. In the end, it was determined that a French satellite pinpointed the crash of the jet.

But, through the period of uncertainty, the world held out hope that the jet might have been landed safely somewhere. And, with that hope, nations around the world searched.

Australia, China, Malaysia, the United States — name a country and it likely contributed something toward the search. In all, 26 nations participated.

The United States offered the expertise of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Interpol and other international law enforcement authorities joined the effort. The world of experts (and amateurs through the Internet) came together to locate the lost jet.

To see the cooperation, was none other than heart warming. It would be a better world if the nations worked as well together not only in times of tragedy, but in day-to-day life.