'Willie's' words to the wise

Thumbs UP to "Willie," who quietly warned patrons and staff of the Better Half diner the building's roof was on fire -- an
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Thumbs UP to "Willie," who quietly warned patrons and staff of the Better Half diner the building's roof was on fire -- and left just as quietly as they did, enabling people to escape without panic or injury. Turns out the damage was minor and the restaurant was open again in about an hour, but hats off to the guy -- wherever he went and whoever he is -- who kept his head and helped everyone else keep theirs.

Thumbs DOWN to the 73 percent of Erie Countians who could have voted Tuesday but didn't. For all the heat generated by the Sandusky and Margaretta school levy discussions, one would have thought there would be more of a turnout in the affected districts. Democracy in action? Looks more like democracy inaction to us.

Thumbs UP to Cedar Point for taking the high road with its ground-hugging coaster, which should have debuted this weekend as the park opened for the season, but won't because an inspector figured out parts of Maverick's track would be subjected to unduly high stress unless it was redone. Fortunately, the park's biggest fans are the most understanding. Better safe than sorry.

Thumbs DOWN, just on principle, to the closing of the Ford plant in Brook Park. In addition to the hundreds without a job in and around the Cleveland suburb, it's just another blow to auto industry jobs around the region. Yes, in the larger picture, it's just Ford's attempt to keep its business on track, but that's little comfort to the guy who used to have a job.

OK, so it's an Internet legend of sorts, but thumbs UP for taking a day off from buying gas on May 15. That by itself won't mean much to the oil companies -- especially if you top off on the 14th or wait until the 16th -- but if you can figure out a way to not use gasoline at all for one day, that might send a signal. And if it makes you feel better to stick it to the man, even just a little, well, go ahead.