Thumbs DOWN and a faulty flash drive to former State Rep. Matt Barrett, D-Amherst, who was less than truthful about where the racy pictures on his portable memory came from. Bad enough the photos were inadvertantly shown to a bunch of high school students (who've probably seen worse), worse that he apparently knew more about the photos than he let on.
Thumbs UP to Dwayne Henson over at the Sandusky YMCA. As activities director at the Y, he helps kids keep on track to the decent life. He shows area youth by word and deed that hard work and diligence can, in fact, get you somewhere worth being.
Thumbs UP to the anonymous donors who helped United Way finish a little closer to its goal. This year's campaign was about $300,000 short of its $965,000 goal when two people chipped in a total of $150,000 on Monday. One may quibble with the United Way for its perceived administrative expenses and the workplace-donation atmosphere some see as coercive, but the local agencies that receive United Way funding do good work.
Thumbs UP to the spirit that drove Willard's Sean Swarner from the depths of cancer to the heights -- literally -- of the world's highest mountain. Monday, Swarner summitted another peak, of sorts: the mound at Progressive Field, to open an Indians game, where he doubtless inspired more.