REGISTER VIEWPOINTS: What's taking so long, anyway?

They're probably expecting a hitchhiker's thumbs UP, but thumbs DOWN to the Ohio Turnpike Commission for waiting so
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

They're probably expecting a hitchhiker's thumbs UP, but thumbs DOWN to the Ohio Turnpike Commission for waiting so long to institute the E-ZPass system, finally ending Ohio's status as the only stretch of toll road between Illinois and the Atlantic Ocean where drivers still have to stop and fumble for change -- and it better not be Canadian change, eh? But that's supposed to end late year. We'll see.

Thumbs DOWN for the continued nonsense about the Huron River Greenway. It started out almost two decades ago amid suspicion and confrontation, which pretty much ruled out from the start any kind of compromise which should have had hikers, cyclists and neighboring property owners alike enjoying the benefits of a prime recreational trail by now. Erie MetroParks, we don't know if this mess can be cleaned up, but figure out what will make the adjoining property owners happy and do it. Finish the Greenway or let it die.

Thumbs UP for Sandusky's out-in-the-open approach to revamping Lion's Park, hopefully giving the west side of town a little recreational jewel. Granted, so far the city's soliciting studies and plans when shovels in the ground would be better, but at least it's out front where people can see and take part. We look forward to another thumb UP, this time for a plan that can and will be followed.

Thumbs UP to finding a new mission for the defunct Sundown Motel on Venice Road, soon to be residences owned by the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties and run by Volunteers of America for people progressing in their rehabiliation from mental illness.

Thumbs DOWN to Gov. Ted Strickland, for brushing off the whole question of why two counties out of 88 in Ohio didn't rate any help from the Recovery Zone Bonds program, part of the federal stimulus package that is supposed to allowcounties to issue bonds at favorable interest rates to support county projects and private businesses. Erie County and, we're sure, Mercer County, thank you for your ... whatever that was, Governor.

But we look forward to giving a thumbs UP to Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Sen. Sherrod Brown for figuring out how to get us a share of the "leftovers."