Editorial: Thumbs

Published 5:00 am Sunday, September 8, 2013


thumbupTo getting rid of graffiti.

A group of young people were led by Albert Lea Police Department Lt. Jeff Strom in painting over graffiti around Albert Lea one day last month. They covered by the graffiti below the Main Street viaduct and behind Total Glass & Lock. All the youths were nonviolent offenders who, for one reason or another, had to perform community service. We are thankful for them and anyone who removes unwanted spray-paint.

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thumbdownTo the return of drought.

Just when we thought the drought was part of the history of last year, it returns for the second half of summer 2013. Rainfall has dropped off since mid-July, and it seems we either get too much rain, like what happened in spring when many fields couldn’t be planted, or we don’t get any at all, like right now. It looks like folks will have to watch the U.S. Drought Monitor reports every Thursday all over again. The website can be found at droughtmonitor.unl.edu.


thumbupTo the Republican candidates running for Congress in District 1.

First of all, we are glad more and more are throwing their hat in the ring. It takes courage to stand in the limelight and face the scrutiny running for Congress requires. Secondly, of the candidates we have met, we like that many are not one-issue candidates. It seems in several past races, there was no clear challenger to the incumbent Democrat because his Republican opponent would be a one-trick pony. We urge the 1st District Republican Convention delegates to select a viable, dynamic candidate who knows how to pull votes in from the middle.