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12:23 AM Fri, Nov. 16th

The best cheeseburger in the world

The best cheeseburger I ever had was made at Greasy Mama's, a North Carolina eatery not all that far from the Wake Forest campus. I was visiting a friend back in the mid-1970s and was lucky enough to eat there a couple of times.

As I recall, the bun was lightly toasted and the meal came with lettuce, onion, tomato and ketchup. The cheeseburger was just as greasy as it was supposed to be, going by the name of the place, and I'm sure the stuff that oozed out when you took a bite is part of the recipe for clogged arteries.

We all know better these days. If I could find Greasy Mama's again on a return trip to North Carolina, I'd only eat there once and really, really watch my intake for a long time afterward. It would be worth it.

Then I heard several times Friday the best cheeseburger in the world, Arizona Division, was made at Rosie's Den.

I've driven by Rosie's dozens of times but never stopped, and now I wish I had. If Rosie's is reborn, and it seems to be pretty much unanimous around here that people want it to, I'm stopping by for lunch.

Here's hoping Rosie's Den returns soon.

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I'm giving Mayor John Salem credit here for the city not wanting to lease 201 N. Fourth St., the former headquarters for Development Services. The matter came up for discussion during Tuesday's Council meeting, and there was some grousing about the property not being leased already.

Councilman Dick Anderson and Vice Mayor Robin Gordon were among those who complained, both of them pointing out in so many words that the city needed the money.

Salem wasn't on their side, and if memory serves (it probably doesn't), it was Salem who was opposed to leasing the property some time ago because it would put the city in a position of competing against people who had business property to rent.

Way to go, Mr. Mayor.

Salem also pointed out that the city might need the space again when the economy bounces back, which I expect will happen anywhere from 10 to 24 months after a capitalist moves into the White House.

Anderson, as if to agree with Salem, pointed out city staff doesn't have to be all in one place.

Hey, I know, why don't we move Development Services in there?

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It's been a tough couple of weeks for the stock market, making a lot of investors like you and me a little nervous about IRAs and 401(k)s. The problems with the markets can be directly traced to governments here and around the world trying to maintain their financial equilibrium as the bills come due.

And this comes on the heels of the housing bubble disaster in 2008, so it's been a rocky few years.

But all these problems that the U.S. government has to deal with have one thing in common - they were all brought on, at least in part, by government actions.

There's a lesson in there somewhere.