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Short takes for April 8

April 8, 2011
Marshall Independent

Woes in Washington

THUMBS DOWN: Republicans and Democrats are once again having a hard time getting along - in Minnesota and in Washington. Both sides are at it again, criticizing the other with little progress being made on fixing enormous deficits. Time is melting away for Congress, which faces a midnight Friday deadline (barring an extension) to avoid a partial government shutdown. There's a lot of bickering going on in Washington with each side trying to make the other look bad. The next election is in 2012 - we suppose it's never too early to start posturing for the big election year, and what better way to do that than to drag the other side down? Still, we hope our lawmakers aren't looking ahead that far, not with a federal government shutdown looming. In the court of public opinion, neither side will win if they don't fix what's broken.

Trotting the globe, including Marshall

THUMBS UP: The days of Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal are far gone, but the Harlem Globetrotters showed the area Wednesday night that the spirit of what made the Globetrotters everyone's favorite team lives on. With their sideshow theatrics and crowd involvement as strong as ever, the Globetrotters have passed the test of time as they continue to bring smiles to the faces of children and adults alike. In Marshall on Wednesday, the team unveiled the four-point shot, which ended up being more of a gimmicky feature than anything. There are also other differences from performances in the 1970s and 1980s - the 2011 hip-hop version comes with plenty of dancing and a even a fair share of in-game marketing - but the Globetrotters continue to attract strong crowds and have a new generation of fans, not just because of their leaping ability and basketball prowess, but because of the way they play to the crowd and their knack for entertainment.

Early release

SIDEWAYS?THUMBS: One big factor about the proposal to change the early release format at Marshall Schools is the number of people who would be affected by it, and because we're dealing with such a large number it would be appropriate to get the public involved in any decision to change things. Superintendent Klint Willert said at this week's school board meeting that changing the format from a monthly early release to every Wednesday to allow for more frequent professional learning communities (PLC) time would affect not just the students, but their parents, too, as well as coaches, daycare providers and even employers. With so many people involved - each with their own schedules - the public needs an opportunity to let their voice be heard.



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