Thumbs UP -- stat! -- to Bellevue Hospital and Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk for being among the top 100 hospitals at which to work, according to Modern HealthCare magazine. Beyond the obvious benefits to local residents who rely on these facilities for their health needs, health care has been identified as one of the service industries on which this region might re-grow its economy, and this bit of recognition helps that along.
The company can do what it wants, of course, but still a chilly thumbs DOWN to Armstrong Air's demoliton of its building in Bellevue. Though Armstrong Air is long gone from town, the building was leased by StyleCrest of Fremont -- which was something. And as long as the building stood, there was some hope. To StyleCrest and the city of Sandusky, we suggest the possibility of one of this town's many unused commercial and industrial buildings might be rehabbed and reused.
Thumbs DOWN to the disconnected arrogance that led to Perkins Avenue merchants finding out with a few days' notice their road would be closed for a month for sewer work to serve the new shopping center on Strub and Milan roads. It's not like this was sudden emergency work, and Jack Meyers' Sanitary Engineering Department could have let people know a little more ahead of time.
Thumbs UP to Congress for approving the Great Lakes Compact, which President Bush says he'll sign. This multi-state agreement, companion piece to a similar deal in Canada, among Great Lakes states was long in the making and was nearly derailed by completely unnecessary property-rights grandstanding, but it protects a crucial freshwater resource.