Thumbs UP and a pinched penny to Ottawa County's leaders for showing respect for taxpayer dollars with the simple things" Turn off the lights when you leave, don't leave your computer on when you go home, find ways to deal with the A/C not being as cool or the heater as warm as you might like. The savings involved might be pennies indeed, but those pennies add up -- and more importantly, so does the attitude of being mindful of the taxpayers who supply those pennies.
Thumbs UP for seeing how they do it somewhere else. Some local advocates for their version of responsible waterfront development spent their own nickels to see what Louisville, Ky., did to develop its waterfront. Not all the lessons of Louisville can apply to Sandusky, of course, but there's always an idea, or part of one, to be found somewhere. What's too often lacking is the willingness to look for it. You don't have to agree with Tim Schwanger, Bob and Ruth Haag, Mike Pisarsky and Dee Conti, or city commission candidate Diedre Cole, to appreciate the effort.
Thumbs UP to the Sandusky P.R.I.D.E. winners, who learned it's not necessarily how well your house is decorated (though that's nice, too) but how solidly it's kept up that can make a difference in the quality of your immediate neighborhood -- and were duly recognized by the city commission for their efforts. We add our congratulations and thanks here.