Thumbs UP to Jim Miller and Gary Neill at Markley's, the McCune family at the Brass Pelican and Sherri Waddington at Port Sandusky Family Restaurant, all willing to dish up a little bit of hope for Sandusky's downtown by revamping and refurbishing their restaurants. We still have hope for some of the grand plans, but it's the little things like places to eat that will cement whatever success we get.
Thumbs UP to the volunteers at Friends of Erie MetroParks who give their time and sweat to helping keep up the parks, such as the group of volunteers who tended to the trails at Edison Woods last week.
Thumbs UP to Sandusky's top three administrators -- city manager Matt Kline, law director Don Icsman and finance director Ed Widman -- for donating part of their salaries back to the city. They're kind of vague on how it will work, but each will each donate 80 hours worth of salary.
Thumbs DOWN, though, to the fact that the serious budget work is yet to be done on Meigs Street. The give-back is a nice gesture of solidarity and goodwill from Messrs. Kline, Icsman and Widman, but it shouldn't be the end; it should be the beginning of the tough decisions.