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Short takes for Sept. 28

September 28, 2012
Marshall Independent

Land donation vote not unanimous

THUMBS DOWN: We find it hard to understand why a Marshall City Council member would vote against the agreement that would ensure the Schwan Food Co. donation of land for the proposed regional amateur sports facility. The council on Tuesday voted for the agreement, but it wasn't unanimous - pretty shocking considering the deal is contingent on the local sales tax vote going through in November. In other words, there is no deal if the residents of Marshall don't support the facility with a yes vote and accept a tax increase in the first place.

The real zebras are back

THUMBS UP: It might be considered a trivial topic to some, but it's good to see the NFL and the referees' union come to terms to end the lockout and put real officials - by real, we mean the ones with NFL experience - back out on the field. The whole situation, which, of course, was about money, left fans with a terrible taste in their mouths, especially after Monday night's embarrassing debacle. Politicians even chimed in. The very president of these United States even put his two cents in. It's hard to pick a side on this one. On one hand, you have the NFL, which is raking in billions thanks to mammoth-sized TV deals. The NFL didn't do much to protect its brand until it had no other choice (after the Monday-Night meltdown). On the other, you have the refs themselves, who, on average, were pulling down nearly $150,000 per year for working one day a week (the new deal will pay them an average salary of $205,000 per year by 2019). Nice gig if you can get it. There are no good guys here. Greed is greed and both parties should share the blame. It makes us wonder if either side really cares about the game as much as they say they do.

DNR, area losing a passionate steward of the land in Meyer

THUMBS DOWN: Bob Meyer might be known only in certain circles, but those people who care about the region's wetlands and wildlife are sure to miss him. Meyer, who is the Department of Natural Resources area wildlife manager in Marshall, is retiring after more than 40 years of service. Yes, 40 years. Staying in the same position in the same area for that long is proof that Meyer is a passionate steward of the land, and we can only hope his replacement brings to the position half the love of the land Meyer has for so long.



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