It has become easy to take it for granted, but Mayo Clinic’s No. 1 ranking on U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list should be appreciated as the staggering -- and gratifying -- feat that it is.

This marks Mayo’s sixth straight year atop the list. The rankings reflect the quality of care provided by Mayo Clinic and its 39,000 Rochester-based employees, and also the complexity of many of the cases of patients who are treated here.

Think of it: When people around the U.S. and world are facing serious, possibly insoluble health problems, where do they look for help? Whose hands do they trust?

One new aspect of the rating system involves health equity, an area that Mayo Clinic has spotlighted for improvement, which goes to show that even when you’re No. 1, you can work to get better.

Thumbs up for Mayo’s achievement, and thumbs up for the work on equity.

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Mayo Clinic was in the news last week for another reason. Starting in September, the clinic will require employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19, or be subject to reassignment and training that helps them learn the value of the shots.

“Jabs for jobs” has emerged as a nationwide issue. The federal government may soon require COVID vaccination as a condition of employment. In a health care setting, vaccinations would seem to be as obviously necessary as hand sanitizer, gloves or masks.

Still, there are plenty in the field who resist the shots. In New York, for example, the vaccination rate for public hospital workers is lower than the citywide average.

We think it’s a better choice, in the long run, to get people to agree to get vaccinated than to force them. It’s better to treat people with opposing views with respect, than to talk down to them.

Thumbs up to Mayo for its vaccination policy, and for its respectful handling of those who might disagree.


Our agricultural economy has come to rely on the contributions of migrant workers. And our world relies on children receiving a complete education in their formative years.

A summer school program in the Plainview-Elgin-Millville School District helps check off both goals. The state-funded classes serve children from migrant families. Students receive lessons in science, math and reading to help keep their minds sharp over the summer months, which overlap the beginning and end of the school schedules they have at home, in Texas.

Thumbs up to the state and P-E-M for putting on a valuable program.