THUMBS UP! And welcome to the community, Phoenix Investors. That national private commercial real estate company headquartered in Milwaukee purchased 56 acres at 625-701 South Side Drive, the former Borg-Warner/Zexel Valeo Air Compressor Inc. property. Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County president Ryan McCrady said no incentives were offered. This was just a Decatur site on the real estate market. We share McCrady's enthusiasm for the sale.
THUMBS UP! To MacArthur student MyShaun Dozier. The junior-to-be gained internet fame this spring for playing baseball without the radial bones in both of his arms. He threw out the first pitch on Saturday, June 22, at St. Louis' Busch Stadium, before the Cardinals' game against the Los Angeles Angels. The Cardinals may want to consider bringing Dozier back. They won the game in which he threw the opening pitch, which was also his first time attending a Major League Baseball game in person.
THUMBS UP! To the discussion of student debt. One of our country's many crises is that the student debt is approaching $2 trillion. That's “trillion” with a “tr.” An immediate forgiveness – one of many suggestions – would certainly be welcome by a significant portion of the populace, and definitely decried by another. Forgiveness might not be the solution, but we owe it to ourselves and our future to come up with a better solution than a shrug.
THUMBS DOWN! To VAR. For those who aren't watching women's World Cup soccer, “VAR” stands for “video assistant referee.” Replay was used in the 2018 men's World Cup, but wasn't approved for the women's championship until March 15. So we have players and referees unaccustomed to the new technology, and we've seen the fans-turned-experts that emerge at times like this and during the Olympics register their complaints and show their misunderstanding. FIFA, the world's reigning soccer body, continues to show women's soccer on a world stage is just an afterthought.
THUMBS UP! To new programs being suggested for Decatur Public Schools. There's character education, financial literacy workshops, a hands-on science curriculum, before- and after-school programs and, most intriguingly, a change from letter grades. That was hasn't been OK'd by the school board yet. But the programs indicate an openness to fresh ideas.