Thumbs UP, said an online forum contributor, and we agree, to the YES kids who went around helping clean and paint people's houses. All the big projects in the world won't make a difference if we let the everyday details slide, and here come the kids to help make sure we pay attention.
Two thumbs UP, as Ebert and Roeper might say, to the movies, particularly to two more local natives with their eyes on the silver screen from behind the camera. David DeLeon and Derek Justice are going for broke with "Broken" and James Welch is hoping for good luck with "The Curse of the Flesh." Dark movies, both, but a ray of light for home-grown creativity.
Thumbs DOWN to leaving important stuff lying around. In an age when a pocket-sized hard drive can hold reams of important data, why trust personal information about state employees and taxpayers to the front seat of an intern's car in the first place? OK, so Gov. Ted Strickland has changed policies to reflect the theft of a backup hard drive, but it's not the first time this has happened, and it's not going to be the last.
Thumbs DOWN to jerks who just have to steal flowers -- from burial plots at a cemetery yet. We realize this probably won't do much to affect the behavior of whoever's taking flowerpots from the graves at Oakland Cemetery, but consider yourself disapproved of.
Thumbs UP to Janet Lippus' memorial to Ohio's fallen soldiers. If she has an opinion about the war, she chooses to keep it to herself, but "all I know is, I honor these soldiers." And you can see her expanded memorial this weekend, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 2-6 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 83, 3615 Hayes Ave., Perkins Township, to give it your own thumbs-up, or salute, as the case may be.