Thumbs down... to the person who called in a death threat to U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins’ Pittsburg office Thursday.

Thumbs down... to the person who called in a death threat to U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins’ Pittsburg office Thursday. Intimidation tactics such as this have no place in our political discourse.
Thumbs up... to who took part in this year’s "Paint the Town Red" event to show support for Pittsburg State on the eve of the football team’s season opener today against Central Oklahoma.
Thumbs down... to the death of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.
Thumbs up... to Pittsburg State and Greenbush, who won their respective divisions in the Corporate Challenge, which concluded Wednesday. 
Thumbs down... to news that MIAA Web casting via themiaa.tv will be postponed indefinitely, awaiting delivery of new technology and new content management by Penn Atlantic.
Thumbs up... to the state’s decision to continue to fund the Informal Caregivers program. The popular program provides relative caregivers the same resources and support that are available to licensed child care providers.
Thumbs up.. to Pittsburg’s Lighthouse Temple Church of God in Christ, which celebrated its 90th anniversary Saturday in its new home at Ninth and Pine.
Thumbs up... to Nick Long, a former golfer for Pittsburg State University, who won his first Men’s Championship title by 12 strokes last weekend.
Thumbs up... to Pittsburg State track and field and cross country standout Venessa Lee, who has been selected as one of 30 semifinalists for the 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year award that will be presented in October.
Thumbs up... to the Family Resource Center moving into its new building at 1600 N. Walnut this week.
Thumbs up... to the Kansas State Historical Society’s decision to approve nine and a half blocks of Fort Scott for consideration on the National Register of Historic Places.

From a reader:
Thumbs up... to the new Franklin Farmers Market. Five vendors showed up for the first event and most were sold out within the first hour. The market will continue for a few more weeks on Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.

Jacob W. Brower, for The Morning Sun