There are those who are trying like hell to make Sandusky, or at least their little corner of it, succeed.
There are those who don't think Sandusky will ever succeed.
And there are those who, we swear, WANT Sandusky to fail. And they don't necessarily live south of Perkins Avenue. Some live north.
It's been going on for years, of course, taking all forms and forums.
The anonymous sneers and snipes on our online forum greeting news of plans for a French restaurant downtown are only the latest.
Our reporters and editors have encountered this mindset for years; some have been guilty of it.
But so have a lot of other people who could have made a difference in town.
There are two common threads running throughout this tattered fabric.
One: Sandusky's a small town. We don't want/need/deserve anything fine or successful.
Two: If it's not going to be like it was in the 1950s and '60s, with the department stores downtown and the auto plants going full-bore on the edge of town, we don't want it.
We've been critical in this space of some developments promised or planned around town, particularly downtown, and our optimism has indeed become cautious. But we -- the newspaper "we" and the community "we" -- can't let that caution devolve into cynicism.
Listen up, folks: A successful Sandusky is good for the whole area, whatever else other localities do on their own or in concert. And a blighted town will drag everyone down. So it's good that, for now, at least, the optimists outnumber and outshout the anonymous sneers.