Thumbs up ... to the Tiffin and Fremont police departments and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office for their quick and appropriate response to a gun threat at Terra Community College Wednesday. In light of the tragic events at Virginia Tech earlier this month, they were smart to err on the side of caution and evacuate the campus.
Thumbs down ... to Firelands BGSU adjunct professor Donald Pryor, for at the very least, using extremely bad judgment in his beef with his boss. He caused a great deal of anxiety by allegedly asking God "to punish his enemies" in an e-mail he sent after being asked to adjust his teaching style.
Thumbs down ... Marilyn D. Holladay, the "mall mugger" who pleaded guilty to assault and robbery charges for attacking two elderly women, using a baseball bat to beat one of them over the head. Holladay could get up to 36 years in prison when she's sentenced in June. Regardless of what the judge hands down, we know we won't be inviting her over for tea and crumpets when she gets out of the big house.
Thumbs up ... for Mason, the companion dog who now lives with residents at a Commons of Providence assisted living center. Erie County Dog Warden Barb Knapp seems to be a matchmaker of sorts, finding a good home and a new best friend for residents.
Thumbs up ... to the attorneys at the Murray & Murray law firm, who seem to be just as incensed as we are that Norfolk Southern seems to think the city can be used as a weeks-long temporary holding site for the trash the rail carrier is hauling to Ottawa County from the East Coast. Dennis Murray Sr. said Wednesday the high-powered firm would file a lawsuit pro-bono to stop the practice if Norfolk Southern brings back the trash trains and parks them along city streets ... We say sue, sue, sue ...
Thumbs down ... to the person or persons breaking into cars, homes and garages across the region. Erie County sheriff's deputies had 16 similar incidents at last count. The perps are just plain silly -- looking for loose change or an easy grab at stereo equipment or beer after violating their victims' property -- but its a dangerous game. Someone could get hurt, and the silly burglar could face some serious prison if caught. Knock it off.
Thumbs up ... to the Sandusky YMCA for planning three summer teen dances in its parking lot. We've heard it before and we'll hear it again ... "there's just nothing to do." This sounds like a good idea to have fun and companionship in a wholesome environment.
Thumbs up ... while we're at it to the Maritime Museum for its planned activities for young and old that will coincide with this year's Kids Fest at the nearby Sandusky Bay Pavilion. The museum's May Days is a perfect match for the Kids Fest activities. We'll be there on May 19 and hope to see even bigger crowds than the smash-hit the Kids Fest was last year.
Thumbs up ... Here's a song for the unsung heroes ... the volunteers recognized by the Erie County Volunteer Center earlier this week for the great efforts at being good neighbors and good friends. The Erie County Victim Assistance Program won this year's top honor but all the volunteers deserve praise.