Roses to the city discussing the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Southeast Boulevard. The topic needs additional study. The intersection is among the most dangerous within the city limits. Many of us have had our own close encounters there. We like the idea of flashing red light on Southeast Boulevard and a caution light on Franklin.
Thorns to sprawling graffiti in our fair city. It's got to be the same elusive punks doing it. They have to be really yukking it up every time they read about it in the paper. As far as the cleaning of graffiti, that is a tough decision. Home and property owners will likely be expected to do it. They shouldn't have to because they didn't commit the crime. Not fair but realistic. It's the whole if you want something done, plan on doing it yourself. Because, right or wrong, nobody else will. Another idea might be to herd up some inmates in the county jail - many of whom committed their crimes in Salem - and have them come up here and scrub away on some kind of work-release program. They are living on the taxpayers dime anyways so let them pay some of it down.
Roses to the Chicago Cubs for lowering ticket prices for next season. Granted the Cubs did lose 101 games last year. But games at Wrigley Field are constant sellouts. In other words, management would have sold all those tickets anyways without lowering prices. Nice to hear about this. Doesn't happen very often that the average guy catches a break.
Thorns to Lance Armstrong. Mounting evidence has toppled. Another marketing-induced All-American hero crumbles. What's worst - the fact that he did it or for years was indignant about being challenged that he ever did it? You've got to feel bad for all of the little kids who taped his poster on their bedroom walls. What a disgrace and phoney.
Thorns to obnoxious and outright rude parents who attend their kid's sporting events. This is a regular occurrence. We heard that a parent made a big and ugly scene Thursday night at the Salem-West Branch tournament soccer match. As is often the case, it reportedly involved a ref's decision. Boy, that's a shocker, er? - someone not agreeing with a ref or umpire. What a great way to set an example for our young people. The word disgrace again comes to mind.
Roses to kind-hearted people. Such an example was passed along to us by a reader: "Thanks to the lady at Calcutta BP gas station for paying for my gas and trusting me enough to bring you back my $20 for the gas that I purchased when your computers went down and it didn't take my credit card. It is hard to find someone to trust and even harder to find someone to trust you when they don't know you." We are lucky to have so many such people among us.
Roses to the memory of Dale Leoni. He suddenly passed away last week. He headed up the circulation efforts of the Salem News as well as our sister newspapers in Columbiana County, the Morning Journal and the East Liverpool Review. His wife, Dee, is a valuable member of the Ogden Newspapers family and a wonderful person. Our heartfelt thoughts go to her. She is what being a good person is all about.