Thumbs UP to cleaning house at the cop shop. Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse seems anything but afraid to tackle "the way things always have been" and makes no secret she just won't put up with some things. We can't help but think some folks underestimated the lady cop and have been given reason to regret that line of thinking. The part we as taxpayers and Sandusky residents ought to be worried about, though, is whether our police force is effective and credible, and Nuesse seems to be willing to take the small but painful first steps without which the rest can't happen.
Thumbs DOWN and a bad connection to iWhiners. That's what we're calling the folks who complain about the price drop on the next generation of Apple's new wonder phone, the next step in making sure you never have to deal with another human directly, ever again. Look, even some of your fellow iPhoners (somewhat ruefully, to be sure) acknowledge watching the prices drop is the price you pay for being First! on the Block! to own the latest gadget (it was ever thus; anyone remember what a pricey big deal it was to have a digital watch?) and Apple didn't have to give you that rebate. So just lord your tech-savvy over the rest of us and take it like an iMan while we laugh at you with our $15 Tracfones.
Thumbs UP and a side salad to Port Clinton City Schools for finding ways to make students enjoy eating healthier -- although it must be said, despite everything we read about the childhood obesity epidemic, there are always kids who take healthy eating seriously and those who don't eat enough, by choice. Still and all, it used to be so easy and so cheap to shovel salt, starch and fat into our kids and be done with it, and we're glad school districts, including Port Clinton, are finding it more effective to help kids take care of themselves through proper eating.
Thumbs UP to the Sandusky police drug unit, which certainly seems to be doing something right. It's the inside-city-limits replacement for the county drug task force, which finally fell victim to interagency turf wars. The unit seems to recognize public relations is just as important a part of the drug fight as badges and guns, and police officials count the unit's visibility and responsiveness to citizens who call in complaints as reasons for its effectiveness. Community police work takes many forms, it seems, and Sandusky's Thin Blue Line has found another way that works.