Thumbs UP to the compassion twins, Kara and Kendra Harkness of Margaretta Township, who are giving up their flowing tresses to help allay the stresses of people fighting cancer. At 7, they've already lost a grandfather, aunt and uncle to cancer and watched another aunt battle breast cancer and win -- so they decided to donate their hair to help make the wigs that have been proven to help people cope a little better with the therapies that cause their own hair to fall out. The Harkness hair will grow back out, to be sure -- but it'll have to do some growing to match these girls' hearts.
Thumbs DOWN to the state auditor and the county prosecutor for keeping quiet about the investigation into alleged insurance shadiness by some teachers in the Perkins school district. Don't blame the school board -- it's working in the same informational vacuum everyone else is.
Thumbs UP on another money matter in Perkins, though, specifically the $5,180 raised by the district's music and athletic boosters with the help of Mathews Ford. Cruise 4 UR School generated a Mathews donation of $20 per test drive of a 2008 Ford product. The money will be split evenly between band and athletic programs.
Thumbs DOWN to the oversimplified attitude toward oil prices that put picketers in front of the BP station at Milan Road and Perkins Avenue last week. Easy enough to blame oil prices on fat oil company profits, but there are enough other variables, ranging from speculation to the sheer increasing difficulty in getting the stuff out of the ground, that the profits begin to look well-earned indeed. But even so, waving signs in front of one station chosen -- by your own admission -- simply for its visibility contributes nothing to an understanding of the problem, much less a solution.