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April 28, 2009

Bailey’s Prime Plus is the bomb

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 7:56 pm

I just got back from a special “sneak peak,” or “sneak eat,” at Bailey’s Prime Plus, the upscale Cedar Hill steakhouse that officially opens in Uptown Village April 29. (David Goodspeed, Today’s automotive editor and webmaster, has some video up here.)

Bailey’s is the latest, and greatest, of “north of the Trinity comes south” to hit our area. Steaks run $24-$45. Appetizers are creative and varied, as are side items and desserts. And, if you’re an oenophile, you’ll get an eyeful at Bailey’s glass-encased wine “cellar” just inside the entrance.

A more detailed story is in this week’s paper, with further details in the May 7 edition.

For people who have wanted to comment on this post, first, note our new comments policy at the top right of the page. We require a legitimate e-mail address, among other things.

Second, an oenophile is a lover of wine. Third, if you compare prices at Bailey’s to, say, a place like Old Warsaw or Bob’s Steak and Chop House, they’re actually pretty darned reasonable.


April 25, 2009

An American Indian chief wants the land back

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 5:27 am

Chief Loop-Nine of the Wichita Nation to the peoples of what will someday be called southern Dallas County and northern Ellis County:

This land was not yours before. If you could not peacefully dwell on the land of the Wichita in our own style, without your European crops, you did not have to stay here. And your European livestock scared away the deer, overgrazed the grass and eroded the stream banks.

And this phrase “eminent domain.” It does not exist, nor any equivalent to it, in our language, not even if emphasized by one of our bows and arrows or even one of your guns. But, we know what the phrase really means, especially when emphasized like that.

However, our prophets have long foresight, far distant into the future.


April 24, 2009

Joey Dauben raised a rabble in Cedar Hill @ Loop 9

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 2:32 am

While there were many fine, upstanding residents of Cedar Hill and various Ellis County cities at the special hearing on Loop 9 in Cedar Hill April 23, there was more than a small scattering of people bringing some baggage to the event.

Let me put it this way. (more…)

April 23, 2009

The difference between news and opinion in Duncanville

Filed under: Duncanville — cedarhilleditor @ 7:56 pm

First, a blog is normally a journal of opinion, not news. That’s why an earlier blog post here doesn’t have quotes.

Second, regarding the Duncanville tea party, there is a news story in this week’s issue of the paper, in the appropriate spot on the news pages. (And, contrary to just writing what I want to, there’s this thing called “quote marks.” You can find them multiple times in that story, and I’m not quoting myself.

As for Paul Ford, well, even if people think we should have given splashier coverage to his arrest, I’m sure his backers will be out in force at tonight’s candidate forum.

Third, this is why Today instituted its “clear week” policy the last week before local elections.

April 22, 2009

Will new EPA mercury rules mean cleaner BSW air?

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 8:50 pm

How much will the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed cuts in mercury emissions from cement kilns affect TXI and other Midlothian (Texas) cement-makers, and by extension, air quality in Cedar Hill and other southern Dallas suburbs?

It’s to be hoped that the new regulations not only reduce mercury emissions, but produce better accountability in tracking just how much these plants do emit.

With the EPA wanting cuts of 75 percent or more, it’s clear its serious.

Happy Earth Day!

April 21, 2009

Best Southwest Earth Day event needed

Filed under: Cedar Hill,DeSoto,Duncanville,Lancaster — cedarhilleditor @ 7:30 pm

Juneteenth is celebrated jointly every year, and individual BSW cities have their trash-offs in April, around the time of Earth Day. Plus, Cedar Valley College is becoming a leader in green building technology education and Northwood University is putting it into practice.

So, why not a joint Earth Day event?

April 20, 2009

Vietnam Wall a moving event

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 11:03 pm


I stopped by the Vietnam Memorial Wall in DeSoto last Saturday night; happened to talk to Carole and Karyn Dobroski, mother and daughter. Carole’s brother-in-law, John, was killed in Vietnam in 1971. You can see the full story about the Wall in the April 23 issue of Today.

April 15, 2009

Dear Duncanville tea-partiers

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 8:57 pm
Tea-party protestors stand outside Duncanville city hall.

Tea-party protestors stand outside Duncanville city hall.

First, it’s nice to be read on the editorial page, even if disagreed with.

That said?
First, you ARE represented. If (assuming you’re Republicans) your party is out of presidential power after eight years …

It’s called “democracy.” Deal with it.

As for “overtaxed”? Nobody’s increased  your tax rate. Even above $250,000, it’s still only being moved back to what it was when Clinton became president and less than what it was when Reagan left office.

Fortunately, nobody I talked to personally was a Ron Paul-style goldbug.

Gold has little intrinsic value; what pricing it has is largely assigned by human greed.

As for tea-party pusher Dick Armey, if his flat tax idea is so good, why did he never, ever propose a flat tax for corporate income taxes?

April 9, 2009

A rhetorical question for Paul Ford

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 7:39 pm

If one of your rental tenants appeared to slip, fall and have back problems just like you appeared to slip, fall and have back problems at the April 7 Duncanville City Council meeting, your reaction as a landlord would be?

April 6, 2009

Anti-Loop 9 effort too little, too late, too pot-stirring

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 9:01 pm

Former Ellis County mucker Joey Dauben, who has moved to New Hampshire but, for some strange reason, feels compelled to still blog about Best Southwest, is trying to mount a “Stop Loop 9” effort, overlooking that fact that, if area residents really wanted to stop it, public hearings on the loop started about…

Five years ago. On the pages and webpages of this newspaper, such meetings were announced in advance, then written about afterward for people who did not attend but might be interested.

Self-inflicted ignorance is no excuse for last-minute monkey-wrenching of the nature of Dauben’s effort, despite his pleas for “eternal vigilance.” As for property losses, some property owners, who have currently-undeveloped property, will GAIN if the loop is ever built.

April 3, 2009

A simple, but money-losing, red-light cam solution for DV

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 9:43 pm

As I noted in this week’s paper, the vast majority of red-light camera citations come from just two intersections: southbound 67 service road at Cockrell Hill and Danieldale roads.

And, it also seems apparent that, if not a no-tolerance policy, Duncanville has a small-tolerance policy on stop-line issues.

Solution? Simple, camera-enforceable, and black and white.

But, it would probably cost the City of Red-Light Cams about $600,000.

Ban right-on-red turns at those two sites.

So, what say you, City Manager Kent Cagle? Mayor David Green? Police Chief Brown?

If safety is the ultimate concern, banning right-on-red turns WILL take care of that.

April 2, 2009

First three issues…

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 11:50 pm

Sorry that I’ve not posted here in a while. Well, our first three issues of the new combined BSW edition of Today are under the belt.

Perfect? No. But, as I said, we’re working out some kinks. And, we probably will for a few weeks still. Doing my, and our, best, to get as equal as possible representation of each city on the front page each week.

Of course, some weeks have more “hard news” in one city than in another, and also trying to get both “hard” and “soft” news on the front page, and pictures, but we’re doing what we can.

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