Thumbs UP to federal money coming through again to help keep the Sandusky Transit System able to provide half-price rides for senior citizens. The grant,for $53,640, is at least the fifth consecutive grant for the bus system. As our city's population becomes older, transportation will become more necessary -- and if we ever succeed in attracting or keeping the next generation of bright young minds, we'll need the seeds of a public transportation system in place to meet a growing need.
Thumbs UP, again, to Ruth Parker for funding the pergola shade structure to be built at Shoreline Park. It'll make one of Sandusky's shoreline amenities that much more appealing, especially to parents watching their children play on hot, sunny days. More importantly, giving souls such as Parker -- and the numerous other giving souls who grace our community -- help provide the extra little touches that make Sandusky a pleasant place.
Thumbs DOWN and a "where've ya been?" to the people who are acting now to try to limit short-term renters and the number of dogs one can have in the city. To the second, we reiterate a theme: There are laws that govern animals, including pets, that become a problem in their neighborhoods. If the animals become a problem, the laws are in effect. We don't need new ones that punish the person with, say, five friendly dogs because someone else has three terrors. As for the short-term renters, well -- that's how the properties you're talking about have been marketed, at least in out-of-town papers, and they've been marketed thus for years now. There was a chance to stop it before it started, and that's when it should have been stopped.