Thumbs UP to local churches who really believe in brotherhood: St. Stephen United Church of Christ for celebrating its 125th anniversary with Emmanuel United Church of Christ, the Sandusky church from which it broke away in 1882 -- and for local churches of all denominations whose pastors say, we're all in this together, Catholic and Protestant, never mind what Pope Benedict said (and, really, what else could he say?) In a world where denominational differences, never mind basic differences in faith, are excuses for people to kill each other, it's nice to be reminded churches around here generally settle their differences over coffee.
Thumbs down for humor where it doesn't belong, as murder suspect Andrew D. Johnson joked with court officers during a preliminary hearing last week. A court proceeding involving murder charges is not an appropriate venue to yuk it up, folks; a man lost his life.
Thumbs UP and a toast to the Ottawa County Fair for apparently finding a way to "get with the times" while avoiding trouble from allowing alcohol sales at its just-concluded 2007 fair. That's not to say everyone should fall into lockstep; it's up to individual fairs to do so and, notably, the Sandusky County Fair has elected to stay dry. Whatever works. But if the Ottawa County Fair Board has figured out how to offer beer while keeping a lid on trouble, whatever it did is worth a look.
Thumbs down to the carelessness that gave us unwelcome visitors such as the round goby and the zebra mussel, and all the other invasive species that are ending up in Lake Erie and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. Here's hoping the war declared by state and federal against these invaders is successful.
Thumbs UP to Pelee Island for embracing an interesting-looking condo development; looks like there's plenty of room for this while preserving the rural charm that attracts others to the rest of the island, without completely changing the character of the place as happened on Middle Bass Island. Now, if this means more travel to the island, does that mean the Jiimaan might be coming back to Sandusky, so we can get a return on the $1 million or so we spent to revamp the Jackson Street Pier for that big ol' cruise ship of a ferry boat?