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By Sheldon Richman Washington reruns are boring. A Democrat beholden to Big Labor proposes an increase in the mandated minimum wage. Republicans beholden to Big (and small) Business defeat the bill. End of episode. Each side has thus reestablished its bona fides with its respective constituency and thus can return to what it really cares about - spending the people's money on war against this, that, or the other. Both sides will claim to care about the poor, but "caring" means they can be counted on to utter the "right" words on cue.
By Ted Kooser Visiting a familiar and once dear place after a long absence can knock the words right out of us, and in this poem, Keith Althaus of Massachusetts observes this happening to someone else. I like the way he suggests, at the end, that it may take days before that silence heals over. Homecoming We drove through the gates into a maze of little roads, with speed bumps now, that circled a pavilion, field house, and ran past the playing fields and wound their way up to the cluster of wood and stone buildings of the school you went to once.
An insider's view of jail debate I am an inmate at the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton and I've been watching Stevens County's jail debate with great interest. There's no question that we need a jail, but the location seems to be the only argument. I, for one, say it's got to be part of the existing courthouse or not at all. I understand the concern of area residents and parents. I have young children myself, but I will assure you that, right now, they are not safe and a jail at the courthouse is the only sure-fire way to keep them safe.
The Stevens County Board of Commissioners will soon have a public meeting to present information to the public about its jail plan. The meeting is a great idea, but it should be advertised as a way to tell county residents what commissioners will do, not what it's looking at doing. The time has come to approve the jail plan -- and the courthouse renovation that goes with it -- and begin moving dirt, pouring concrete and taping walls. It's understandable the board is being deliberate about such an expensive undertaking, but it's had more than enough time to consider the issues and make a dec
Here are some not-so-tall tales from the Department of Natural Resource's Conservation Officers: It's all in black and white CO Randy Hanzal (Brookston) reports one routine inspection of a couple of anglers led to what immediately appeared to be an over limit. The anglers were asked how many sunfish they had. The reply was, "We don't know." As Officer Hanzal was counting the fish one of the anglers asked if there was a limit on sunfish. After a long count it was discover the two anglers had a total of 110 sunfish between them, 70 sunfish over the combined legal limit.
The Morris Elementary Softball League playoffs begin July 5, with Engebretson still leading the standings with a 5-2-1 record. See the Sun Tribune next week for recent game summaries and playoff pairings, places and times. Both June 22 games in the Morris Elementary Softball League ended with the same score and within 10 minutes of each other. The final on both fields would end up being 6-5 but the path to victory would be different for both teams.
The Gray team hung the first loss on the Red team in the Morris Babe Ruth League's third week of the 2006 season. Here are week three results: Red 15, Orange 4 Red ran its record to a perfect 5-0 with a 15-4 five inning win over Orange. Alex Erickson picked up the pitching win, going four innings and giving up just 1 run on 1 hit with no walks and 9 strikeouts. Cory Schroeder pitched the final inning for Red. Alex Erickson and Chris Scott led Red offensively with two hits each and Terrance Mack walked four times and scored four times as well.
Wednesday night was the 2006 NBA Draft. It presented an opportunity to look at the current state of the Timberwolves. They finished the season with a dreadful 33-49 record, their first losing season in a number of years. Here's what the Wolves did to try build a team for the future: They drafted Brandon Roy, the top guard in the draft, and promptly traded him to Portland for Randy Foye.
The Morris VFW baseball team evened its record at 2-2 with a 9-6 victory over New London-Spicer in Spicer on Thursday. Morris' Dustin Sauter doubled twice and drove in five runs, and four of his teammates also had RBI. Morris trailed 4-1 through four innings, then erupted for eight runs over the final three innings. Mitch Daly allowed six runs, but only two were earned.
The first-annual Tiger Open 18 Hole Tournament is 9 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at Pomme de Terre Golf Course. The tournament is open to men, women and students in grades 7 and up. Proceeds from the tournament, sponsored by Morris Area Sports Boosters, will be used to support Morris Area athletic programs. The tournament features a two-person format. Teams will play a nine-hole scramble followed by a nine-hole alternate shot format. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, third and last places. Prizes also will be awarded for contests on holes No.