Thumbs UP to Mikayla Neer, the Milan teen who danced her way into the Protg Scholarship at the PULSE dance convention in Chicago. More than an award, the scholarship entitles her to work with choreographers at any PULSE dance convention for the next year. That's more than a nod for a job well done; that's a door to a future.
Thumbs UP to the McCune family, who hope the restaurant they plan to open at 101 Water St. is part of a downtown revival. Starting anything is risky, but the McCunes know about running a business -- so all we can do is applaud anyone who wants to take a clear-eyed look at downtown business prospects and decide its worth a shot.
Thumbs UP to Olmsted Falls School Superintendent Todd Hoadley, for chutzpah if for nothing else, because he asked for part of the ever-widening bailout fund for his suburban Cleveland district. It's not just a stunt -- Hoadley said he's expecting some federal cash to help his district. Still, consider a point made -- Ohio's school funding system is still broken, and local voters just can't or won't approve another levy, and schools are expected to take on more and more roles, and it all has to be paid for somehow.
Thumbs DOWN to any moron -- the weekend's partiers at Kalahari are only the latest edition -- who has to solve a disagreement with fists and knives. Thanks for turning -- something stupid, we're sure -- into a brawl involving hundreds of people. Meanwhile, thumbs UP to local law enforcement who, not sure what this was going to turn into, waded into it. Yes, they were doing their job. But it's light years from the small-town police work it used to be, and that's not always a good thing.