Quick takes – July 16th

Cooking up great cause

Tributes to fallen military members can take many forms, but all are important. Deborah Furnish McQueary Kleinschmidt, a Columbus resident, has published a cookbook, “Recipes and Remembrances of our Fallen Heroes,” in memory of her son, the late Marine Sgt. Jeremy McQueary.

While buyers of the cookbook surely will enjoy making many of the recipes for meals, what’s most important is that the proceeds from sales are donated to three agencies devoted to helping injured military veterans: Semper Fi Fund, Americus Fund and Carolina Patriot Rovers.

We salute Kleinschmidt for her project that honors her son and provides needed assistance to military members and their families.

Rezoning right decision

The Columbus City Council gave initial approval to rezone 77 acres at the northern end of Woodside Industrial Park from agricultural use to industrial use, a decision that was sound and one we support.

Columbus currently lacks enough shovel-ready land, so this decision is an important step for the community’s future economic development. The Columbus Economic Development Board was wise to approach the property owner about rezoning and facilitate more shovel-ready space.

The council can, and should, make the rezoning official with a second vote Tuesday.

Efforts appreciated

We thank Larry Fisher for contributing 20 years of service to the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair Board, including the past nine as president. He will not be seeking another term on the board.

His contributions include keeping the fair in the black and overseeing needed and important improvements at the fairgrounds. The hundreds of hours he volunteered in keeping up an important community resource are appreciated.