Thumbs DOWN, not to cell phones, but the whole overcomplicated furor over whether students should be allowed to have them and use them in class. We say: Turn them off, just like you're supposed to in the movie theater, and show some common sense and consideration. And to you parents who have to be able to reach Johnny or Susie any time of the day: The school office's number is in the phone book. Show some phone manners that cell-phone users typically don't show, and the office staff just might be happy to make sure the message gets to your kid. And think a little bit about all those years we got along just fine without cell phones.
Thumbs UP to the Volunteer Center and the Kids Care Clubs in Sandusky, Berlin-Milan and Perkins schools for reaching across generations to bring birthday candles and cake to local nursing home residents. Not only was it a nice bit of companionship on a special day, but the kids had to learn a little bit about each birthday celebrant. This forged bonds between generations, which is never a bad thing.
Speaking of reaching across generations, a special thumbs UP and a salute to the kids at Berlin Elementary School, who put on a Veterans Day celebration -- not for just any veterans, but for veterans and servicepeople also known as Dad, Mom, Uncle and Aunt, Grandma and Grandpa. Way to bring history home and make it stick.
Thumbs UP to the Grace Episcopal Church Thrift Store for 60 years of service to Sandusky. Recycling before anyone called it that, the store has provided good deals and used the money to help the community. Who can possibly lose by that?
An admiring thumbs UP to Carrie Light, who's missing one kidney because her brother-in-law, Daniel Brooks, has it and hopes to put it to good use because diabetes destroyed his own. "It's just meant to be. I think everyone is here for a reason," she said of the near-perfect match.