Thumbs UP to smaller servings of government pork, according to Citizens Against Government Waste. There's still too much money diverted to serve individual projects and individual Congresscritters' election campaigns, but the citizens' group is right: A good start is a good start, and is better than the slash-and-burn tactics favored by those whose tea might be a little too caffeinated.
Thumbs UP to signs of stronger economy, a rising tide that's lifted a few lake boats away from the dock and into operation -- because of a recovering steel industry that is one of the backbones of our economy.
Thumbs UP to five new restaurants, including three in downtown Sandusky and two more you'll be reading about soon in these pages. Major news, economically? No. But it's a sign that people believe there are things to be accomplished in this economy -- not blockbuster level, but, they hope, enough to make a living at something they enjoy.
Thumbs UP to the young robot builders of EHOVE. It's about setting a goal, identifying problems along the way and dealing with them and figuring out what you need to do to get where you're going.
Thumbs UP to the winners of the Sandusky Area Safety Council Awards. From the young horsewoman who warned others out of the way of her out-of-control steed to the little girl who told the school nurse about her grandfather's fall, they rest assured they made a very real difference in the lives of others.
Thumbs DOWN to trying to make everyone happy ... which will make no one happy. The city of Sandusky is literally damned if it does, damned if it doesn't when it comes to instituting recycling while keeping all the trash haulers in town, in business. If there's a way to help the smaller haulers modernize and maintain the small businesses, certainly do it. But more importantly, it's important to make it easy enough for people to recycle that there's enough volume built up to make a recycling operation pay. Letting economics dictate it simply means unequal service and more waste.
Thumbs UP, says a reader named Gretchen, to Berlin-Milan Middle school students , who raised $300.00 by buying Batten Disease awareness bracelets. They will donate the money to Batten Disease research in honor of fellow classmate Asher Nikolajevs's 13th birthday. To support or find out info on Batten Disease, visit bdsra.org