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May 4, 2008
Salem News
Nothing big in the complaint department (after all, city council didn’t meet this past week). So let’s give out some good...

Roses to the Cunningham and Bentley roads connector being open. The east end expansion continues and will continue with more road work accesses. It is needed for traffic congestion on the growing east end some of which is comprised of idiot drivers. Roses to Howells and Baird for the project finishing ahead of schedule.

Roses to John Kufleitner, owner-operator of Salem Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge. He recently purchased 54 prime acres — i.e. near the bypass — inside the city limits across from his dealership on North Ellsworth Avenue. The ambitious plans call for a state-of-the-art dealership, a strip plaza, gas station and convenience store. Any growth is good news in our city. Should the development reach full potential it would ultimately mean more jobs and tax money. We need all we can get.

Roses to Lisbon graduate Vince Browne. He is a redshirt freshman defensive end at Northwestern University. After suffering a serious knee injury early in his senior season, Browne made an all-out commitment at rehab and it paid off. Credit Northwestern for honoring its scholarship made prior to Browne’s injury. During strength drills the 6-5, 250 Browne proven to be among the strongest Wildcats on the team. During the team’s recent spring game, he stood out and received rave reviews for his play including a quarterback sack, several pressures and a pass breakup. He is expected to see plenty of action this season.

Roses to plain old simple customer service. An example: young lady needs wiper blades and stops at the Auto Zone in Salem. She is in dire need of wiper blades. The sales associate is quick to offer assistance and promptly puts the replacement blades on. He is offered a $5 tip for the extra service but politely declines saying he was glad to help and it was part of his job. Sure, it should be all about service and striving for repeat business. But it is refreshing to know about such stories. It’s all about simple kindness.

Roses to the family and friends of Dr. Robert Wright. Any death is tough. Sudden death is the worst. Smile Wright was right when it came to the well-liked local dentist who passed away last weekend at the much-too-young age of 51. Among survivors are a mother, wife and three children. Dr. Wright was active in various youth leagues as a coach and sponsor. Roses to the University of Michigan football program. Dr. Wright’s son, Bryan, is a place kicker for the Wolverines. His dad, a college football player at Cincinnati, was his biggest supporter. Upon learning of the death, the Michigan coaching staff contacted the family and a number of team members including players and ex-coach Lloyd Carr traveled to Salem to pay their respects. That is impressive.

Roses to the dogwood trees, flowering crabs and other blossoms around town especially those lining East State Street. Their beauty is fleeting as is nature’s whim. But they certainly make many of us stop and take pause and appreciate all the little things.


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