Opinion: Pocket park just a start

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Congratulations to Noblesville Parks and Recreation and Economic Development for recently opening the city’s first pocket park, Riverwalk Depot. It’s situated on what was an un-park-like plot adjacent to Bolden’s Dry Cleaners and Eighth Street near the railroad tracks. The site was an eyesore, but now it is a true focal point, what with its flowerbeds, seating area and pathways. It also serves as the trailhead to the White River Greenway and Riverwalk. As the city develops westward, utilizing every available parcel is smart management, and it should lead to economic development. This project is a case in point.

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Maybe the Trump Show is wearing thin? It could be too early to tell, but we’re watching New Hampshire, which since forever has been some kind of barometer (along with Iowa and South Carolina) as to the true political climate for Republican candidates. According to Fox News, this month’s NBC/Wall Street Journal Marist poll shows Carly Fiorina making a 10-point leap: from 6 percent last month to 16 percent this month. “She still trails frontrunner Donald Trump, but her Granite State surge shows a potential path for Fiorina who has been mostly surfing the national zeitgeist,” Fox reported. We like what she has shown thus far, but we consider it just an appetizer for what we expect to be a battle royale between Trump and Fiorina as the months pass. Trump, by the way, lost seven points in the most recent polling. If the Republican Party pushes any of the “insiders” over these two, it might as well fold the tent and call it a day.

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We can’t make this up: It is permissible to have a brown bear in your car in Russia –  as long as it’s wearing a seatbelt. (Of course it is.)


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