Thumbs DOWN to the petty harassment technique used by Concord Care's lawyer against a resident. Really, people: One letter for every day the man was a resident of your facility -- for a total of 437 letters, over the course of a month -- asking him to admit he can't remember being physically violated by convicted ex-supervisor John Riems on that day? One letter is probably legally acceptable, but what purpose is served by 437 letters, other than harassment and an attempt at intimidation? Have you no shame?
After the heart of darkness, light -- so thumbs UP to Community Celebrations Council member Richard Gallagher, who's trying to drum up community support and donations to update the holiday lights in Washington Park. He says about $3,000 would pay for the first phase, in a multi-year project, of a light-and-sound show similar to what Cedar Point does. "Depends on how many Christmas nuts there are," Gallagher said, and we'll bet there are plenty. The initial expense of new lights would be offset by energy savings -- but we'd get a new and improved light show. Just one thing -- at least one member of the editorial board has kind of gotten attached to some of the old decorations, and wants to know if we can keep the big cheesy snowman?
Thumbs UP, as well, to Aramark, which offered jobs to 10 of the former Erie County employees who worked at the Erie County Care Facility and ended up hiring seven of them at the nursing home it now runs for the county. Good way to keep fences in good repair while still trying to save money.