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This one gets both a thumbs up and a thumbs down from us.

The fact the city continues to study options for reducing current traffic congestion in the Bridgeport West Industrial Park and an expected increase in Bridgeport traffic congestion when the Seaboard Triumph Foods pork plant opens later this year deserves a thumbs up.

However, the fact a full strategy of solutions for existing and expected traffic issues in this area isn't already in place, even though the Seaboard Triumph plant announcement was made two years ago, gets a thumbs down.

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Shelby's street

The City Council on Monday approved renaming an existing stretch of Lincoln Way near East High School "Houlihan Run" after Shelby Houlihan, the East graduate and track standout who represented the United States in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.

An inspiration

Members of our editorial board don't know and can only imagine the pain of losing a child, as Rick and Ann Mach of Sioux City did in 2000 when their 17-year-old daughter, Carrie, succumbed to cancer, but we do know this: The Machs deserve community admiration and appreciation for their efforts to carve out support and hope for others in the wake of their own personal tragedy.

Earlier this month, the 17th and final Carrie Mach Memorial Golf Outing was held, at Whispering Creek Golf Course.

Through the years, the event raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for organizations involved in care of cancer patients and their families.

In her short life, Carrie Mach inspired those she touched. By establishing a meaningful, valuable tribute to Carrie and her spirit of compassion for others, parents Rick and Ann Mach provided inspiration, as well.

Support for PlyWood

In a unanimous vote, the City Council on Monday approved a letter of intent signalling support for the proposed PlyWood Trail project.

A volunteer committee of trail supporters is researching, planning and advocating for creation of the $10 million, 16-mile, inter-county trail which would link Sioux City in Woodbury County and Le Mars in Plymouth County.

Its goal is to raise enough private money to build PlyWood and establish an endowment for its maintenance. Under its plan, the cities of Sioux City, Hinton, Merrill and Le Mars would share ownership.

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Good grief

Sioux City police are searching for a piece of downtown artwork believed stolen earlier this summer, The Journal reported Thursday.

"Goddess of the Grapes," a piece of Sculpt Siouxland's permanent collection displayed in the 500 block of Fourth Street, is missing - for the second time in two years. The piece was stolen in 2015, as well, but was returned near the entrance to the Art Center.

We hope for a similar outcome this time.

In the meantime, anyone with information about the missing sculpture should call CrimeStoppers at 712-258-TIPS.

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