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REGISTER VIEWPOINTS: Reaching out and sliding into a good cause

Commentary • Apr 9, 2010 at 1:36 AM

Thumbs UP to Ty Roth's literary ambitions, as the Port Clinton High School teacher seeks to reach smart teenagers in yet another way: Writing a book based on the lives of classical poets and geared to young adults -- one of the fastest growing market segments in book publishing, but one which in recent years gives short shrift to the intelligence of some of its customers.

Thumbs UP for Great Wolf waterslide riders, racking up 3,651 wet and slippery miles at all the Great Wolf resorts combined -- all while raising money for a good cause. In Sandusky, where sliders racked up 4,080 trips for 209.87 miles, raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. No one knows yet if the total is enough for the Guinness Book of World Records, but it's world-class in our book.

Thumbs UP for the people who ponied up the money needed to fix the Huron County Courthouse clock. In an age of clocks built into everyone's phone and camera, a courthouse clock is still a community center. And it's not the donors' fault still more money is needed to fix the clock tower bell -- any takers?

Thumbs UP for a dozen eyesores falling to the demolition crews in Erie County, and five more soon to follow, as the Erie County Regional Planning Commisson targets abandoned properties on the theory that a square of green space is better than a ramshackle shack when it comes to showing a neighborhood's best side. Keep going ...

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