Thumbs UP to Vermilion for trying to deal with train noise without compromising crossing safety. Train horns bother people, yes — but we’ve always wondered if those people prefer to hear the sound of ambulance sirens responding to train-car accidents. Closing half of the town’s train crossings isn’t ideal, but in return, the city gets “quad gates” designed to prevent people from driving around lowered crossing gates on the remaining crossings. We hope this compromise satisfies both the lovers of peace and quiet and those opposed to crossing deaths.
Thumbs UP to last weekend’s Venice Days. In addition to being an excuse for people to get together, it was a nice little spotlight on the West End’s existence as a community in its own right, including its days as a village all its own.
Thumbs DOWN to the Ohio State football lottery. Sure, it’s nice to open up the season-ticket field to new fans but longevity and loyalty has to count for something.
Thumbs UP to Meatloaf — not the guy who’ll do anything for love but “that,” but Sandusky’s own Cornelius Amison, who hopes to hit the national stage with stand-up comedy. The former quarry worker’s hoping his humor helps dig him out of the hole he was in after being laid off, but we just want to cheer on a Sanduskian who wants only to keep climbing.
And let’s toast Amison’s success with a local wine: Thumbs UP to Firelands Winery on Bardshar Road and Quarry Hill in Winery and Orchards in Berlin Heights for being recognized as among the best wines in Ohio. Yes, there are people who’d rather take something worth doing and do it well, and not simply complain. Cheers!