Thumbs UP during National Library Week and every other week to Sandusky Library and all the other libraries around here. But we want to tip our cap to our own Sandusky Library for its combination of a historic building with new features, with everything from good old-fashioned books to electronic access to new ways of getting information, the building on Adams Street shows us how even a small town can hold its own with the big cities when it comes to riding the information highway.If you haven't gone to the library since your high school term paper research, you owe it to yourself to stop by. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
Thumbs DOWN to the hypocrisy surrounding the Don Imus debacle. The now-former shock jock tossed off a gratuitous, racially charged and juvenile insult to the Rutgers women's basketball team. The mouthiness of black rappers in using the same words is being used both to justify and to crucify Imus. It's all politics and political correctness, one may argue, but neither left nor right has any monopoly on righteousness or, for that matter, stupidity. Imus is out of a job, now, and a bit of verbal flatulence that wouldn't pass for wit in a junior high school locker room has been turned into the latest crisis of the century. If we have any real concern about what Imus said, it's that it will be used, along with every other stupid thing that has been said, to justify the next stupid comment -- and on, and on, and on.
Thumbs UP to not letting a good shot go to waste. About 3,000 meningitis vaccinations in state stockpiles will expire soon unless they're used, and the Erie County Health Department will take them to local schools to make sure local children are defended against the disease. The effort is led by Deb Oehling, school nurse supervisor at the health department, who takes it personally because she was infection control officer at Firelands Regional Medical Center in 1999 when Huron first-grader Hannah Edwards was brought in with the disease that claimed her life. The clinics will begin later this month at local schools and end in late May.
This thumb DOWN can complement an ignominous award bestowed on the Ohio Legislature, a recent winner of the Muzzle Award from the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. We gave the Legislature a rap on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper back when it enacted its own version of the Patriot Act, requiring any company doing business with the state to answer questions about whether it did business with terrorists. It was a look-good, feel-good piece of legislative nonsense that accomplished nothing and gave people more paperwork to process, and we salute, with thumb to nose, another leading ranking Ohio has earned but could well do without.
Thumbs UP to handicap accessibility at the Jackson Street Pier, a view of the bay to which a wheelchair should not be a barrier. A ramp nearer the end of the pier -- there's already one at the base -- will make the pier that much more accessible, and all we have to do is figure out how to keep a wheelchair from rolling off into the water. The pier is already populated by strollers and bicycles, so the problem should not be insurmountable.