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July 11, 2011

By J SWYGART
    Today, just a couple of things about a couple of things.

Fireworks out of control
    With ears still ringing, even as the July 4th holiday fades into memory, I’d like to suggest today that perhaps it’s time to draw a line in the sand — difficult though it may be —when it comes to this private fireworks thing in Decatur.
    It’s getting out of control. And, judging from other comments heard this week, I’m not the only one that feels that way.

From Left Field

July 11, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    It would appear most Decatur residents are reasonably pleased with the Schultz administration and the current city council makeup since there was no pre-July 5 rush of candidates to seek wholesale changes.
    Only Democrat Barb Engle, the council's lone at-large member, will be opposed in the fall, by Cam Collier, whom some observers believe the Republican party here is getting in line for a run for mayor in 2015.

Digital Views

July 11, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    I’ve always loved martial arts films, perhaps because I grew up when Bruce Lee was all the rage. Having seen him on TV in THE GREEN HORNET and then in a theater with the greatest martial arts film of all time, ENTER THE DRAGON, I was hooked.

From Left Field

July 5, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    It's more than a little amazing if you take the time to closely and slowly ponder the numbers.
    West End restaurant has been at the same location in Decatur for 125 years. At least. Since 1886, people have been going to the northwest corner of Monroe and Seventh streets to eat. At least 125 years..
    Since 1886 ... before phones, before radio, before automobiles, long before World War I, before crooked politicians ... well, scratch the latter.

Digital Views

July 5, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    Nicolas Cage has taken a beating from critics over the past few years. First off due to the number of films he’s made in recent years and secondly because they don’t live up to the standards enforced by critics who are only interested in Oscar-worthy projects for him to star in.

Alone With J

June 27, 2011

By J Swygart
    The older I get, the less I seem to understand.

From Left Field

June 27, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    An ugly problem reared its smell again at this week's city council meeting: manure from Amish horses.
    The last time it came up, probably a year and a half or more ago, city officials received support for attempting to do something about it and also caught some heavy flak — including some letters in this newspaper — about supposedly "picking on" the Amish.

Digital Views

June 27, 2011

By MARK TURNER
    It seems that every now and then a small movie makes big noise. They’re usually an independent film that was made for almost no money. If they’re lucky, they get a star or two and they become noticed at film festivals.
    CLERKS was one such film and so was LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. So when I heard that CEDAR RAPIDS was this year's talked-about indie film I wondered if it was true or not. Yes, the movie lives up to its reputation. It’s hilarious.

Digital Views

June 13, 2011

BY MARK N. TURNER
    There are movies that are made that are noted as being timely. These movies take on the day-to--day stories that many of those viewing them are going through and turn them into stories with compelling characters, events that viewers can relate to and that touch the heart all at the same time. THE COMPANY MEN is just such a movie.

From Left Field

June 13, 2011

By BOB SHRALUKA
    John August, Adams County's Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director. won't lay any phoney baloney on you. Plain and simple, he says that if a person or family wants to be warned of an impending storm or tornado, don't rely entirely on the county's warning siren system.
    Instead, purchase a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio. Much, much more reliable.

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