Thumbs UP to Port Clinton Schools' AA-plus bond rating and to the "solid financial performance and voter history" that got the district there, according to the treasurer's statement. The good news? It won't cost the district as much to borrow money through the sale of bonds, and that in turn might mean a savings for taxpayers as the district prepares to build the buildings that will house its future. Clearly a case of good news and good practices feeding on themselves and growing in the process.
Thumbs UP to the "Church Basement Ladies" and the foundations they'll help build for affordable housing for people willing to work at it. The stage play's story has been around for years, but the local version started last year when seven local Lutheran churches raised some money to bring the show to the State -- and 65 percent of the net will benefit the local Habitat. The church involvement in and of itself is a great example of people working together for the common good, but let's not forget a tip of the hat to the State, which has found one more way to make itself part of the whole community.
Thumbs DOWN to Gov. Ted Strickland and his characterization of critics of the passenger rail proposal as "cheerleaders for failure." Governor, we freely acknowledge passenger rail in Ohio could be a very good thing -- in fact, the more of it, the better, if it works -- but legitimate questions as to how it will be funded once the initial stimulus money is gone are just that -- legitimate. Granted, shots like Sen. Mark Wagoner's juvenile "tweet" about dogsleds being faster don't help, but some of your critics have questions worth answering. Certainly we in Sandusky have learned the hard way about unquestioning faith in a glittering promise.
Thumbs DOWN to the snowstorm panic that seems to get sillier the farther east you go. We're talking to you, Washington. Seems as though the important stuff gets done, regardless of the weather, even in a place that reportedly is paralyzed by the sight of two snowflakes together. Makes you wonder how much of that stuff is really important.