REGISTER VIEWPOINTS: Making the tough calls

Thumbs UP to the Sandusky school board for making the difficult decision -- closing a school building is a difficul
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Thumbs UP to the Sandusky school board for making the difficult decision -- closing a school building is a difficult decision and Sandusky Schools made an interesting choice: Madison School, though apparently old enough to make modernizing a problem, is architecturally interesting enough to be attractive to a buyer, meaning some money for the district.

Thumbs DOWN, though, for lip service to the idea of public comment; the district's rules for getting your concerns put on the school board's agenda precluded many people from being able to speak their minds before the decision was made. As good as the Madison decision will probably turn out to be, that's still a process that has to be looked at for the future.

You may reasonably disagree with Jeannie Stout's goal -- making it a state law for everyone to wear helmets while riding motorcycles -- but the EHOVE senior still rates a thumbs UP for realizing a school project can have meaning beyond the class assignment and the grade. She's continuing her drive to get Ohio's universal helmet law reinstated. Many disagree with her at least as far as making it a law, and some have been quite reasonable in expressing their opposition. Whether exposure to these opinions causes Stout to modify her goal is up to her, but we can't help but salute a young person who realizes she can, in fact, make a difference -- agree with her or not.

Thumbs UP, and a caution, to the Sandusky City Commission for finally addressing deteriorating side streets. The caution comes from the realization there was a study a couple years back identifying which streets had the potential to turn bad. Now, Sandusky's hardly unique in commissioning, then shelving, studies of varying levels of expense, but the condition of the streets that are finally being addressed shows the folly in ignoring information so expensively accumulated.