Short takes for Feb. 22

Voting process under spotlight again

THUMBS DOWN: It looks like we’re in for another if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it scenario with our election/voting process, with the failed photo ID issue just months removed from being put on the back burner. Back in November, Minnesota voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would’ve required voters to show a valid photo ID when voting; now, a Democratic senator has introduced a bill that would open the voting booths two weeks before Election Day and would allow voting on weekends. Seriously? Why do we keep trying to toy with our election process, already one of the cleanest in the nation? As we’ve said before, there are bigger fish to fry – there always is during session – and when it comes to the voting process, it doesn’t make sense for us to continually try to change the way we do things in Minnesota.

AP results

THUMBS UP: The 9th Annual AP Report to the Nation was released by the College Board Tuesday and showed that more Minnesota public high school graduates are enrolling in and passing college-level Advanced Placement courses and exams. The report said more than 19 percent of U.S. public high school grads from the class of 2012 scored a 3 or higher on an AP Exam while in high school, and Minnesota exceeds the national average with nearly 20 percent of its grads scoring a 3 or higher on the exam.

Small-town store closing

THUMBS DOWN: Another small-town, downtown storefront will soon go dark, as Dueber’s in Tracy will be closing its doors after more than a decade of doing business there. The Tracy Headlight Herald reported this week that liquidation of merchandise is under way and the store will close for good when it’s all gone. Tracy, like many small rural towns, has a cozy downtown area with some specialty shops, but similar to other towns, isn’t immune to niche stores going out of business, and that’s unfortunate, especially for Tracy, which recently lost its bakery.

Honoring the champs

THUMBS UP: We don’t know how this season will play out for the Marshall boys basketball team, but perhaps tonight they can take some motivation from what should prove to be quite a memorable night, as the city of Marshall will honor the 1963 state championship team on the 50th anniversary of its state basketball championship. Marshall High School’s boys basketball program has had its share of magical years and outstanding players throughout the years, but it has yet to match that glorious season of 1963. We hope someday they do bring home a second state title, maybe even this year, but for now, that 1963 team should still be considered the best there ever was. Honoring the team is a classy move by the school, and we encourage Marshall residents to take in tonight’s game, if for no other reason than to pay tribute to the champs.