Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

June 17, 2013

Bits and pieces from all over

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

— I’m all for taking the quickest route from “Point A” to “Point B” as much as the next guy.

I guess it’s just human nature to want to get to where you are going as quickly and efficiently as you can so you can get on with your life.

There have to be some limits to that, though.

One of those limits:

Don’t drive 30 miles an hour through a restaurant parking lot just to avoid traffic.

Witnessed that little maneuver by an oncoming driver Friday morning while I was pulling into a Seventh Avenue restaurant on the way to work. No, I was not the one doing 30.

I’m not sure how good that little Toyota would have looked as a hood ornament on my Chevy pickup truck, but I almost found out — the hard way.

Another of those limits:

That sign that has a left pointing arrow with a circle and a slash through it means “No Left Turn.”

Furthermore, “No Left Turn” means “you can’t turn left at this intersection.”

Traffic behind this obviously confused individual I saw this week wasn’t quite backed up all the way to Dawson, but there are times of the day and week it very well could happen.

These are just a couple of the experiences I’ve witnessed this week in my travels through our fair city — travels for us all that have been somewhat affected by this little construction project we have going on along Seventh Avenue.

I’m quite certain none of you reading this would do anything like the above.

But, my friends, “They drive among us ... ”

Be careful out there.

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We have a member of the Daily Sun staff that is somewhat of an “unsung hero” to all of us in the newsroom, and this mention is way overdue.

Ron Farmer, whose name you see on a lot of photos that appear in our print and online newspaper and on our Facebook page, is that individual.

To say he’s a valuable member of the team doesn’t really say enough.

He is — many times — our “eyes and ears” for after-hours happenings in our fair little town. And, he keeps plenty busy with a camera during the daytime hours as well.

From Interstate wrecks and chases to fires and Friday Night Football, Ron works tirelessly in an effort to “get the picture.”

And he’s quick to alert us to things we need to know about and share with our print and online audience.

I end a lot of phone calls with him with the words “Thanks Ron.”

Yes, even the ones at 3 o’clock in the morning. There have been a few of those lately, too.

Let me end this segment by saying it again.

Thanks, Ron.

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It’s getting to be “that time of year” again.

No, not summer. Getting close, though.

No, not Derrick Days or Youth Expo or anything else fun.

It’s just about “budget” time for our local governmental bodies.

I made this plea last week specifically for one entity.

Let me broaden that a bit this week — if you are interested in how your tax dollars are being spent in the city, the county, the schools, the college — the time to get involved is now.

The next couple of months will bring about those decisions. If you want to have a voice in how those decisions are made, get yourself up and to a meeting to make your voice heard.

We’ll do our best to keep you posted on when and where.

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Bob Belcher is Managing Editor of the Corsicana Daily Sun. His column appears on Saturdays. He may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email:

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