A library's new digs
THUMBS UP: The library in Tracy isn't moving far, but the importance of this move shouldn't be measured in distance travelled. It's moving down the street - from a building its occupied since the 1970s to a much more spacious, newly-renovated one with room enough for a meeting room and children's area. In a time of Kindles and computers, it's nice to see a city embrace its public library like Tracy has and to see volunteers give up their Saturday afternoons to help move library furniture in what has turned out to be a rejuvenation process. While wireless reading devices are becoming an increasingly popular choice among adults, we need to get our children into libraries more, get them searching for real books they can hold in their hands. Cities that have libraries like Tracy are fortunate to be able to continue to offer books to their youth, especially during the summer months when their access to books is limited when school's out.
Music on the wall
THUMBS UP: The mural currently being painted on the west wall of Johnson's Paint and Wallpaper in downtown Marshall by a Rochester resident will be a nice addition to a downtown area undergoing more development since the reconstruction in 2007. It's a mural that pays tribute to Marshall's rich musical culture with scenes of a trumpet player, kids singing in a choir and marching band members. There will be two more murals added to Marshall's landscape in the near future. The second, featuring the city's history and culture, will be started later this year at the corner of Main and 3rd streets. A third mural, celebrating athletics and recreation, will be painted in 2012 on the east side of the Varsity Pub - the entrance from the south to Marshall's downtown area.
Let go pursuit of voter ID
THUMBS DOWN: It's time to give up on the voter ID crusade. Republicans supporting the move that would require voters to show a photo ID in order to vote aren't giving up on the fight after Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the bill this year. On Tuesday, Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer and Sen. Scott Newman said they'll make a push for a constitutional amendment during the next session. The amendment would be on the 2012 ballot if passed by the Legislature. Does Minnesota really need another amendment on next year's ballot? No. Voters will already be voting on an amendment to define marriage in the Minnesota Constitution next year, and since there is no widespread voter fraud problem in Minnesota, spending time on the voter ID issue is time wasted.
Spring sports at state
THUMBS UP: We wish the Marshall boys and Lincoln HI girls golf teams the best as they head off to compete in next week's state golf tournament Tuesday through Thursday in Jordan and Becker. Also, best of the luck to the individuals who survived sections to reach state. Same goes for area track and field competitors who will be competing today and Saturday in St. Paul and the TMB baseball team that advanced to state on Thursday.