Thumbs UP to the fact things are looking up for the former Lear Corp. plant in Huron, where a new owner is bringing new hope, at least according to the leader of the union local that represents workers there. Sherry Wilson says she's happy billionaire financier Wilbur Ross, the plant's buyer, "seems to know what he is doing." Assuming the focus on a healthy bottom line doesn't mean jobs will be sliced and diced, that's a piece of good news this area's staggering heavy industries could use, even as we look for ways to join the 21st-century economy.
Thumbs UP to $5 million from the state to upgrade the venerable Space Power Facility at NASA Plum Brook, to provide an updated testing facility for the next trip to the moon. Yes, it's tax money and yes, we can legitimately question what the money's doing in space when there's plenty on which to spend, here at the bottom of the gravity well -- but we've said it before, an active space research and testing facility right here in Erie County is one way to convince high-tech business we're serious about this being a good place for it to call home. To prosperity, and beyond!
Thumbs DOWN and a kick in the butt to the genius who stubbed out a cigarette Thursday afternoon in the mulch of a planter at the BP station on Venice Road. Between the dry mulch and a brisk breeze, it was smoldering pretty good at just before 4 p.m. Thursday. Yeah, that would have been a lot of fun at a gas station. Were you protesting the $3.19 a gallon gas, or the start of enforcement of the smoking ban -- or are you just stupid?
Thumbs UP to free comic book day, which is Saturday. Comic dealers across the country, including Dave Baum at The Gamers Lounge in Sandusky are marking National Cartoonists Day by giving away special editions of popular comic book titles. OK, they aren't exactly Shakespeare, but take a second look; there's more to some comic stories than you might think. And telling a story well in words and pictures takes some ability, compared to what some of the current celebrity scribblers churn out. Comics, which given their origins should be the quintessentially American visual art form, get way more respect in other countries than they do here, which is a pity. In addition to telling a corking good yarn, comics can be the gateway drug to the hard stuff, such as books. In a world addled by attention spans measured in nanoseconds, this is an addiction more of us could use.