Cheers and Jeers

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Cheers to Jerry Brown for a life well lived.

Brown toiled for years to raise money for a memorial to his son, killed in Afghanistan, and finally saw his dream come true in November when the statue was unveiled at Forsythe Park in Jerome.

Brown died Aug. 25 after a two-year battle with cancer. Even though Brown was flying to Texas for treatment, he never let his disease get in the way of his mission to honor his fallen son, 27-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Brown, who was killed by a roadside bomb while saving others in Kandahar Province.

The younger Brown has two twin daughters whom he never got to meet. For them, the statue of their father in the park is the only way to know their father, Jerry Brown said.

Brown’s life, especially his last few years, should be an inspiration to us all.

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We’re not sure what to make of the person stealing new American flags from the Paul Post Office.

When the post office flies a new flag, someone steals it. When it flies a worn flag, it stays put.

Clearly, the thief has some appreciation for the country and is flying these stolen flags; otherwise, why else steal only the new ones? On the other hand, theft isn’t exactly a character trait that screams I love America.

Either way, Paul residents are ready deal with the thief once they catch him. One 89-year-old woman threatened to beat him up.

But so far, the thief has been elusive. Might we suggest posting a trail-cam near the flagpole?

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Plans are underway for at least 136 new fourplex housing units and 84 new townhouses in Twin Falls. Kudos to developers for seeing a hole in the market.

While new housing construction continues to soar, finding a rental is a different story. It’s becoming harder and harder to find affordable apartments or shared-wall housing (like townhouses or duplexes) in Twin Falls. With fewer units available, landlords are charging more.

The local housing market is crying out for options other than the traditional single-family home — especially as our population boom continues to be driven by young professionals and empty-nesters, groups both less interested in buying new homes.

Additional housing units should help keep rental costs from spiking, and a variety of housing options should help businesses recruit new workers to the area.

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