Our view: Orchids and onions

6:49 PM, Oct. 4, 2013  |  Comments
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ORCHIDS to Alex and Peter Allie for taking a chance on a movie screen and restaurant complex currently under construction on South 44th Street in Manitowoc. This $6 million venture could prove a huge draw for our area, but as with any business venture it also comes with inherent risks. We hope Carmike Cinema, complete with a "BigD" screen 60 feet wide and three stories tall, will be a huge success for the Allies and the community.

ONIONS to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for suggesting in a speech this week that Wisconsin - during his administration - is a model for how the federal government could have avoided its current budget stalemate and subsequent partial government shutdown. Walker himself was - and remains - a polarizing figure following the state's budget embroglio of 2011. The governor continues to mix state and federal priorities in his public appearances, fueling conjecture that he may run for President in the not too distant future.

ORCHIDS to Scott Hallwachs and Matthew Olker for winning the Artists' Choice and Viewers' Choice awards, respectively, in the Rahr-West Art Museum's annual Manitowoc County Artist Exhibition, which featured 180 pieces of art from 98 artists this year. All those who visited the exhibit could vote on the Viewers' Choice award, while the artists voted on the other award. The exhibit showed once again that there is a great deal of artistic talent right in our own backyard.

ONIONS to the blame game that continues to swirl around the partial government shutdown. Frankly, we no longer care who is at fault in the entire mess; we would like to see it resolved, government functions functioning again and government employees back on the job.

ORCHIDS to four area prep football players in the running for awards to be presented by WisSports.net. Manitowoc Lincoln's Ethan Just is up for the Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch Award for the top senior running back, while the Two Rivers trio of quarterback Dexter Smith (Dave Krieg Award for top senior quarterback), Scott Skornicka (John Anderson Award for top senior linebacker) and Bobby Geiger (Al Toon Award for top senior wide receiver) are also under consideration. The finalists and winners will be announced during the WIAA playoffs. Good luck and continued success to all four.

ONIONS to those who would deliberately try to sabotage efforts to complete the Camp Vits mountain bike trail, currently under construction. The trail has draw criticism from environmentalists and others, but it does have City Council approval and is therefore, in effect, the law of the land and should be honored as such. Political protest is one thing, putting obstacles on the trail that could injure riders is quite another. We hope it doesn't come to that.

ORCHIDS to the city of Two Rivers for the process it is using to determine whether one-way travel along the road bordering Neshotah Beach will be maintained in the future. The changed parking pattern was tried this summer and will now be re-evaluated by the City Council for a potential decision at its Oct. 21 meeting. It would have been easy to simply institute the change without input from the public, but this is a far more democratic approach.

ONIONS to the hamstring injuries that have hurt the Green Bay Packers defense this season. Cornerback Casey Hayward and safety Morgan Burnett have missed all three of the team's games with pulled hamstrings, and lineback Clay Matthews missed the second half of the last game and is questionable to return against the Detroit Lions this Sunday.

ORCHIDS to Kevin Junk, a Roncalli High School graduate who recently celebrated his 25th jubilee as a Christian brother. He has served in a number of ministries, mainly on the East Coast. He and his family should be proud of those accomplishments as he continues to serve the Catholic Church.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

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Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
579 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
862 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
1025 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
1278 votes

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