We need to talk

Thumbs up ... to everyone involved in the Black History Month motorcade set for Saturday. The Sandusky branch of th
Sandusky Register Staff
May 9, 2010

Thumbs up ... to everyone involved in the Black History Month motorcade set for Saturday. The Sandusky branch of the NAACP, the city itself and the Sandusky State Theatre are banding together to throw a spotlight on the people — black and white, prominent and otherwise — who contributed to the life of black people in Sandusky and to the city as a whole.

The motorcade lines up at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Follett House, first-come, first-served. Any suggestions to add to the list can be given to Alexander by calling 419-625-6084 or Joyce Brown at 419-627-5952 during the day or 419-626-1421 or 567-283-0258.

Or just show up. Let’s all remind ourselves the threads of Sandusky’s tapestry come in many colors.

We’ll showcase the motorcade in Sunday’s paper.

Thumbs down ... to the miscommunication, lack of communication and just plain bad communication that led to the apparent loss of a state grant that would fund Port Clinton’s transient marina project. Mayor Tom Brown says he was told by one hand at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources the city was still in good standing; State Rep. Chris Redfern says the top hand at ODNR says otherwise.

The problem, on the face of it, seems to be that a warning came from one person — an acting director — the answer to the city’s response to the warning came from a lower-level manager, and the final decision against the city is coming from the top boss.

This might damage a proposal for a downtown waterfront project that might have redefined Port Clinton. Why don’t people talk to each other?

Thumbs up ... to the Perkins boys' basketball team and everyone associated with them as the team heads into its final regular season game tonight against Port Clinton.

The Pirates are in line for an undefeated regular season, but there’s more. If there was ever any doubt the social and emotional center of Perkins Township is its schools, this story should serve to erase that doubt.

Thumbs down ... to the skating at Sandusky City Hall about the justification for executive sessions — closed to the public — and emergency meetings — those scheduled without notification. Surely city commissioners realize more transparency, not less, is better.

But thumbs up to Ex officio Mayor Dan Kaman and Commissioner Brian Crandall for having a problem with the hasty, closed session and squawking about it.

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