REGISTER VIEWPOINT: The last picture show

Thumbs DOWN, cut and print to the final end of the Sandusky Drive-In Theater -- it's the end of an era, to be sure, a time when gath
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Thumbs DOWN, cut and print to the final end of the Sandusky Drive-In Theater -- it's the end of an era, to be sure, a time when gathering under the stars in our cars to see or ignore the latest Hollywood had to offer was simply the thing to do. Certainly a lot of local folks have fond memories of the place that may or may not have had anything to do with what was on the screen. Oh well, at least there are drive-ins left in Norwalk and Tiffin (Editor's note: The print version of this editorial mistakenly said "Fremont" instead of "Tiffin," referring to a drive-in on Ohio 53 between Fremont and Tiffin. The Fremont theater on U.S. 20 has been closed for many years and presently hosts a flea market).

Thumbs UP, however, to the proposed good use to which the land will be put: Parking and access to a wooded area so more of us may more easily enjoy the part of Sandusky Bay we don't see from downtown or the Edison Bridge. Nature's beauty is as much a part of this area's attraction as another entertainment extravaganza.

Thumbs DOWN to the idea -- in 2007, for crying out loud, when the tiniest corner of our lives is touched by technology -- that girls and young women have to be coaxed into considering a technological career. We can't afford to lose even one interested and able brain just because its owner thinks tech is just for boys.

Thumbs UP, however, to We Are IT, a statewide program that includes Bowling Green State University and BGSU Firelands -- and which introduces junior high and high school girls to information technology (that's what IT is) and the different ways it can be a career. Who knows where the next idea will come from?

Thumbs UP to the apparent success of Sandusky High School's uniform policy. All the statistics by which schools can measure student behavior show it's working, and it's safe to assume by that students have a measurably saner atmosphere in which to concentrate on learning. As far as submerging their identities -- judging from what we've seen, students have risen to the challenge of individualizing even a pullover shirt and khakis.