Thumbs DOWN to yet another edition of the blame game -- this one features health coverage for Ohio's children. The debate here in the state hasn't become as acrimonious as in Washington (but what is?), but it could easily become so, as Ohio House Republicans say they back Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland's plan only until they can come up with something better. In Washington, though, it's as though the goal is not so much to select the best program from among competing alternatives, but to set up the other side for blame when it goes wrong. Those are our children you're messing with, people.
Thumbs UP to county fairs, a celebration of a simpler life even as they get more and more citi-fied. Yes, the cows and corn and chickens have made room for the tractor pulls, demolition derbies and other noisy accoutrements of modern entertainment, but in thousands of small ways, the county fair reminds us that who we used to be isn't that far under the surface.
Thumbs UP and a side of fries to the short-order grill at Ohio Veterans Home, the first of many planned menu changes promised in response to a survey of residents. Doubtless the grill-'em-up format will bring back memories of the corner diner and, though some nutritionists may blanch at the thought of hot dogs and hamburgers, we figure the veterans have more than earned the right to eat the way they want.
Thumbs UP to a rebellion of decency online, as people tired of the sewer mentality of some posters have begun to shout down those posters' racist and otherwise ignorant rants, proving again the solution to bad speech is more speech.
Thumbs UP to Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 50. At the chapter's fly-in and pancake breakfast last Sunday, members said they were hoping to put up a couple scholarships for local people interested in aviation as a career. That's one more way of showing people in this area are interested in getting ready for whatever progress comes along. Ironically, the scholarships would be funded in part by money the chapter will receive for hosting a blast from the past, the national EAA's Ford TriMotor of 1929 vintage.