5 Things we want to see happen
Remember, newspapers being hurt by tariff, too
While tariffs and trade wars are getting a lot of headlines and, around these parts, most of those headlines have to do with farmers being hurt by the Trump Administration's tariffs with China and longtime trade partners Canada and Mexico, and the $12 billion aid package farmers are getting as a result, let's not forget newspapers, like the Crookston Daily Times, are hurting, too. As part of a convoluted story involving one paper mill in the United States and a lawsuit, the Department of Commerce earlier this year slapped a tariff on newsprint from Canada, where we get most of our newsprint. Now, every single day it’s costing more money to print the Times, and when you're the smallest daily newspaper in the state, it adds up in a hurry. Newspapers won't get any kind of multi-billion bailout from the government, but the least we can ask for is for people to know that we're being hurt by this, too.
Appreciation for candidates who are giving it a shot
We're one day away from the candidate filing deadline for the Crookston City Council, mayor, and Crookston School Board seats up for election this year, and we should be thankful that we have some candidate choices for all of the local offices up for election. That's not the case in every town in every election. Public service requires a major commitment of time, and it's often thankless work, with critics being more vocal than those who think you're doing a good job. So thanks to everyone who has decided to run. As November nears, the Times will profile each candidate, and then it'll be up to you, the voters, to get out and exercise your right.
Put cigarette butt receptacles in downtown Crookston
The City of Crookston and business owners keep downtown pretty clean for their residents and visitors. The sidewalks are free of large trash items, businesses have their store front windows washed regularly, and there are garbage cans available and maintained. But the one noticeable thing that lines the streets and sits too nicely in the paver cracks are cigarette butts. If you were to take a trash bag for a walk, cigarette butts are what you’ll spend the most time cleaning up. Would cigarette butt receptacles help encourage people to dispose of them properly? Probably. If smokers knew there was a receptacle down the street that they could put their butts out in and not have to litter, would they walk to it? Maybe. It’s worth a shot.
Celebrate Tiger being ‘back,’ but will he ever win?
Tiger's back, and isn't it great? Of course, Tiger Woods probably won't be officially "back" until he actually wins a golf tournament, and there's no guarantee he will. Really, he may never win again. The younger, amazing golfers he's competing against now, when they were kids, Woods was their inspiration. And now, he can't beat them. When he was at his dominating best, fans anticipated him making the winning shot, and when the tournament was on the line he could be counted on to come through. Now, it's kind of the opposite; Woods makes his epic charge, but fans watch nervously and full of stress because they figure at some point he won't make the shot he needs to in order to win. Even though he played an unreal round of golf at the PGA Championship Sunday, when he needed to drive the ball in the fairway, he could not, and it doomed him. But, still, Tiger's back, sort of, and it's a great thing.
Super excited to see Ash Street project completed
The project to fix the water main on Ash Street in the Woods Addition in Crookston dates back to last summer. The street was dug up last summer, a new water main was put in, and per policy, the road has been simply dirt for a year. When a road is dug up, the idea is to let cars drive over the dirt for a year, compacting the ground for a strong foundation in order to build a better, longer lasting road on top. Despite the horrors of trying to drive through the mud and potholes that the melting months of spring brought, the request seemed to make sense. Let the dirt pack down and drive over the rough road for a year, and have a longer lasting road for the future. However, since work has started once again this summer, it doesn’t seem to make much sense any more. Big machines once again dug huge holes in the street, completely defeating the purpose of packing down the dirt for a year. And the project is taking much longer than seems necessary. Work began early this summer, and it doesn’t look like it will be ending anytime soon. The workers are stretched thin over many projects, and, frankly, the Woods Addition is never at the top of the fix it list. Cracked sidewalks and dirt roads occupy much of the neighborhood, and although it is not one of the wealthier areas in Crookston, it deserves decent sidewalks and roads and timely work on repair projects. – Maddie Everett, intern