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Short takes for June 1

June 1, 2012
Marshall Independent

Downsizing soda?

THUMBS UP: Is New York City taking it too far as it considers banning the sale of large-size sodas and other sugary drinks as part of the fight against obesity. McDonald's thinks so. We don't. The New York City Beverage Association says the city shouldn't blame soft drinks for the nation's obesity problem, saying soda is not driving obesity rates. Maybe not, but our huge consumption of soda isn't exactly helping, either. We support any move that combats obesity, and if that means getting rid of those huge, 16 ounces-and-up glasses, we're all for it, as sugar-based drinks have been linked, not only to weight gain, but type 2 diabetes as well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How much pop does one need to complement a meal anyway? And what's wrong with washing those fries down with some ice water?

Pothole patrol

SIDEWAYS THUMBS: Potholes, for whatever reason, seem to be more prevalent and deeper around Marshall this spring, and a crew was out Thursday beginning the process of smoothing things out on some Marshall roads. The city takes potholes seriously and actually works year-round to fill them, and we trust MnDOT has made serious plans to address the situation, because it's getting ugly out there, especially at high-traffic areas like the intersection of Main and College (where workers filled two potholes Thursday), and at the funky intersection by the Armory - which also falls under state jurisdiction. Road crews thanklessly work to maintain our streets, and for our vehicles' sake, we hope all these craters get filled soon.

MCC golf

THUMBS UP: We salute all the high school teams and athletes still competing as state tournaments near, but we want to give a special shout-out to the Murray County Central boys golf team. Why? For starters, it won its section earlier this week. But what's even more impressive is that this is the first time in more than 35 years the school has even had a boys golf team. So it's off to Pebble Creek on June 12 for the first time for these student-athletes, and their whole community should be proud of them and their coaches



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