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The owners of the Sub Shop sandwich, soup, salad and ice cream parlor near Max Square are upset that the city is selling their building out from underneath them.

DAN AND BETTY Baker would have been happy to stay in the building they have rented from the city for the past five years. But that's not going to happen. Mamacita's owner Sandy Sorrels, with her offer of $105,000, was the high bidder when the city sought bids for the Sup Shop property. That means the Bakers will have to find a new home for their sandwich shop or face the prospect of going out of business.

Unfortunately the Bakers' $98,000 bid missed the mark by only a few thousand dollars. But the city council would have been remiss if it ignored Sorrels' higher offer and awarded the lower bid. That would not be prudent public policy.

The question now is where the Sub Shop will go. Dan Baker said his wife has had health problems and doesn't have the strength to move again. And, besides, a good location has not been found.

WOULD THE BUILDING at 110 Depot St., where Sorrels has had her Mexican restaurant, be the right place for the Sub Shop? Is there even a better location someplace else? Perhaps there would be members of Sorrels' staff and other good-hearted community volunteers who would be willing to help the Bakers relocate their business.

That's what community is all about: one person helping another person, or a group of caring people stepping in to help the owners of an established sandwich shop find a new place to do business.


As the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches, citizens are reminded that the United States has been engaged in a war against terrorism for nearly a year.

The words of George W. Bush, a couple weeks after the attacks, still ring fresh in the ears of the people. Bush told Americans that terrorism and terrorists will need to be "rooted out" of the world wherever they might be.

THE FOCUS HAS TURNED to Iraq. Does Saddam Hussein and his buildup of arms pose a clear and present danger to the United States and its allies? If Iraq presents that kind of threat, the president has an obligation to root out and eliminate that known potential for terrorism. Bush is right in seeking the counsel of Congress before pursuing an attack.

If Saddam is the saber-rattling bogeyman that Bush and his advisers say he is, then the president should stop talking endlessly about invading Iraq, but get on with it. The United States should pursue this effort in such a way that success is assured, a prolonged war is avoided and American casualties are held to a minimum.


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