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Scott Loftis

From the Editor

Scott Loftis is editor for Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is SLoftis@cherryroad.com

Opinion

To be 12 years old again

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Regular readers of this column know that I love a few things and people above all others: My wife, my family, Carroll County, this newspaper. And Cubs baseball.

Yep, itís that time of year again. Itís the time of year when Cubs fans are optimistic about the season ahead, even when we know thatís not a realistic outlook.

So thatís where I find myself again this spring, knowing that itís still very early in the Cubsí rebuilding process but still kidding myself that if the offense can be as productive as last season and the pitching can somehow exceed expectations, just maybe thereís a chance. In my heart of hearts, I know better. But itís nice to dream, if only for the first few weeks of the season.

I know some of you are groaning right now about what you perceive as a waste of space. But I donít think anyone can fairly say that I donít often use this space to discuss more serious matters, so indulge me.

We have plenty of serious issues to ponder right now, sure. Thereís national politics and even international politics ó inflation at home and war in Ukraine. Thereís state politics ó rising gas prices at the same time the state coffers are overflowing with surplus revenue. And thereís all the drama right here in Carroll County, with the continued dysfunction of the Eureka Springs city government and so many candidates running for state senator, sheriff and county judge that itís hard for me to keep up with all of them ó and I get paid to keep up with them.

So, forgive me if every now and then I like to disconnect from all that and reconnect with simpler times. Thatís what being a Cubs fan really is to me ó a chance to feel like that 12-year-old boy who discovered day games at Wrigley Field on summer-afternoon cable television.

So many things have changed since those days 40-plus years ago. Even the game itself has changed, in many ways. But in a lot of ways, the experience for me is still the same.

After a long, hard day or week at the office, itís nice sometimes to just turn on the game, settle back in my recliner and feel like a 12-year-old boy again. And, for right now at least, weíre only a half-game out of first place.