Shawn Magrath

There’s nothing quite like a rainy and cold Wednesday afternoon to get me in the mood for the rest of the week.

I would like to congratulate the Norwich City Police Department and the Chenango County Sheriffs for their work in Saturday’s successful drug bust. I know a lot of effort goes into that line of duty and too often goes unrecognized. I’ve heard a great deal of criticism about local law enforcement in the past from people who have no place to criticize. When something monumental happens locally, I hope many of those nay-sayers hold their tongues.

I also appreciate the irony of this bust happening across the street from a property the city is trying to sell. How could a Realtor spin this? “Colorful and eccentric neighbors located in a lively, surreal neighborhood.” I’d go for that. If anyone has any great business ideas and the know-how of property ownership and rehabilitation, I would love to see that building on North Broad go to good use. I have great ideas and vision, but my pockets only go so deep. Tomorrow, I plan on buying a cup of coffee first, then if I have any change left over, maybe a vacant building.

I would also like to congratulate the high school student I saw walking to school this morning who, before crossing the road, stopped and looked both ways making sure that I saw him and giving me a chance to stop and let him cross safely. You’re one of a kind in this town and because of it, you will have a much better chance of living a longer, happier life. It’s great to know that it was an elementary lesson of looking both ways that left the impact, not the front end of my car.

On that note, I’m looking forward to going home for the evening. Like I mentioned, it’s cold and rainy… so it’s chicken noodle soup for dinner tonight.