Thumbs DOWN for the creep who supposedly used his friends' tragedy as a front for a scam. The parents of little Harley Weltlin Jr., who died Nov. 13, say their "friend" offered to set up donation jars, but the donations from generous givers in the Norwalk area appeared to be going to the "friend" and no farther. Stories like this, and all the other stories about lowlifes who fake cancer and things like that, make us wonder about the human race sometimes. All we can do is hope this doesn't hurt the very real generosity people around here exhibit when a family in pain asks for help.
Speaking of that generosity, thumbs UP to Helpmates -- Alice Chaffin and friends at First Congregational United Church of Christ -- who make and collect clothes for people in need. They're just one more facet of the giving spirit of people here.
Thumbs DOWN for the closing of a longtime Milan fixture, the Invention Restaurant -- and a howl of protest if it's true, as some people in Milan are claiming (or bragging about), that the closing is the result of a boycott over a sign in the window supporting Barack Obama for president. Even if that isn't true -- and we hope it's just the usual few anonymous loudmouths flapping their gums -- is that really the reputation you want for your town?
Thumbs UP to yet another progressive idea, as property owners in the southern part of Erie County talk with wind-farm developer JW Great Lakes Wind in an attempt to build what would be a utility-scale wind farm. The size of the project depends on how many landowners are willing to sign agreements to have wind turbines installed on their properties, and the ease of getting interconnection agreements so the power from the generators can be spun into the electric grid. We urge everyone to go into this with their eyes open; if it goes through, it'll be a blueprint for how it's done elsewhere in Ohio.