Thumbs DOWN to the loss of Cedar Villa and, now, to the House of Donuts — two more places that, while we may not have realized it, were part of our lives here. We've lost longtime businesses before, for various reasons, but it's a trend that seems to be accelerating. If it's true that you don't know what you've got until it's gone, here are two more illustrations.
Green thumbs UP to the folks who are trying their hands at growing their own food, whether it's the complete diet or just a few extra tomatoes. For many, it's economic necessity and for others, it's fear of food from someplace unknown to them — but chances are the window-box farmers will discover a sort of satisfaction even if the necessity goes away.
Thumbs UP to Bobby Langdon and Dennis Muratori — not because the two assistant principals are leaving Sandusky High School, but because of the years of service the two men put in up until now. Muratori will become principal at EHOVE Career Center, so this area will have the benefit of his expertise for a while yet.
Thumbs UP, also, to the six longtime educators whose retirements rounded out a bittersweet bit of news for Sandusky Schools this week. You regret the loss of a combined 213 years of experience, to be sure, but you know that experience helped build a foundation you will appreciate in ways you might not fully discover for a while.