Thumbs UP to someone driven to generosity: Karyn Locke hosts a party and wins a car, which she gives to the Humane Society of Erie County, where she volunteers. Now, the whole idea behind the party, one of many tied to the TV show "Oprah's Big Give" (you knew the queen of TV was in here somewhere, didn't you?), was to arrange gifts to charity, but a gift that accounts for almost 10 percent of the Humane Society's annual expenses is pretty generous -- and for a good cause.
Thumbs DOWN to more of the same from the Erie County Democrats. Not to denigrate Kevin Zeiher's years of dedicated party service, but couldn't the Erie County party have found some new blood to sit on the board of elections?
Thumbs UP for being a Pirate again. OK, so it's Pittsburgh and not Perkins, but, Brian Bixler's another one of our own who's been called up to the major leagues. Here's to living the dream.
Thumbs UP to Sandusky Schools for trying to bring home to students the dangers of giving too much away online. The story in Monday's paper was about 300 children hearing about Christina Long, an all-too-real teen who went to meet someone she thought was her online friend and who ended up raped and murdered. And yes, the placement in the same day's paper about teens being exhibitionists in front of their cell phone cameras was deliberate. In our supposedly privacy-based society, too many of us give up too much of ourselves to the "permanent record" of the Internet; the lucky ones are merely embarrassed later in life. Some, like Christina, end up dead. Pay attention, kids.