Thumbs UP for naming North Depot Street after Clarence Seavers, who died this year after a long life of service to his community. It's a nice tribute to a man who never sought the spotlight, but shone his light into many lives.
Thumbs UP to Erie County's Bill Monaghan and Sandusky's Matt Kline for getting to the head of what's sure to be a parade of communities seeking a piece of the public-works pie presented by President-elect Obama. Sure it is and certain, both the streets and the people need the work, and the sooner we get our names in, the better off we are.
Thumbs DOWN to the loss of another local business, this time Apple's grocery story in Norwalk. We may like the bargains of the big boxes, but money spent with locally owned companies stays in the community and increases its beneficial effects as it's spent and re-spent. The fall of Apple's is one less chance for that to happen.
Thumbs UP to the old Armory in Port Clinton, new home to an after-hours, urgent-care medical clinic. Sandusky had one near downtown, once, on West Washington Street, and its low-cost care for the kind of emergencies at once tended to our minor medical needs and helped keep health care costs down by not tying up emergency rooms. And yes, by being downtown, Port Clinton's clinic will help tend to the bumps and bruises collected by the more, uh, exuberant celebrants debarking from a day on the islands. But it's also accessible, more easily, to more people who live in town.