Thumbs up, thumbs down ...



Thumbs up ... to women’s health getting a boost courtesy of a grant from the Leon V. and Dorothy M. Skubitz Foundation. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this could not have come at a better time.

Thumbs up, thumbs down ...

Thumbs up ... to women’s health getting a boost courtesy of a grant from the Leon V. and Dorothy M. Skubitz Foundation. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this could not have come at a better time.

Thumbs up ... to the efforts of the only all-female American Legion post for stepping up and making sure that women soldiers have what they need.

Thumbs up ... to the slate of candidates seeking office in Kansas and the relative civility in relation to other states such as Connecticut and California. It seems that those voters might have to hold their nose when they vote for certain races. The rancor has reached a fever pitch, specifically in the Connecticut U.S. Senate race, and the California governor and U.S. Senate races. Fortunately, in Kansas we can disagree without things turning personal.

Thumbs up ... to a new location for the Girard United Methodist Church. The building appears to be very attractive and is causing some initial enthusiasm. Churches are meant to look that appealing without going gaudy like the Crystal Cathedral in California (By the way, that church has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy).

Thumbs down ... to pre-marked ballots. Fortunately, this has not occurred in Kansas, but in Boulder City, Nev., advance voters found their ballots already marked for incumbent Sen. Harry Reid, who faces a stern challenge from Tea Party-backed Republican Sharron Angle. Regardless of which party is accused of doing this, it is blatantly wrong. It is appalling to think that there are people who will stoop so low to return a person to office.

Thumbs up ... to Southeast Junior High football player Laura Yancy. Females playing tackle football are a rarity, and for her to engage in rough play yet excel is an encouragement to all of us.

Thumbs up ... to Pittsburg State University beginning the process of replacing the Vietnam Memorial’s worn metal panels with more durable black granite ones. Here’s hoping that work can be completed by Veterans Day (Nov. 11), so that the planned unveiling can go off on schedule.

Thumbs up ... to milder days. Unfortunately, this week they will be accompanied by rather chilly nights. Those attending football games had better be prepared to bundle up — even for Pittsburg State’s game this Saturday afternoon.

Thumbs down ... to freeze warnings for our area. Take care of your plants!

Thumbs up ... to two area teachers being considered for the Horizon Award. The two have gone above and beyond normal expectations, and it is nice to see them being considered.

Thumbs up ... to maintaining an exercise schedule during the winter months. It will begin to be very tempting to let your activity level decline because of the weather, but there are a number of ways to keep fit that aren’t affected by the climate.

Thumbs up ... to the winding down of district play in high school football. State tournament play will soon begin, and that’s always an exciting time of the year.

Thumbs up ... to cross country runners Austin Bogina of Northeast and Michaela Bauer of Girard winning their regional races. Best of luck to all the qualifiers Saturday in Lawrence and Wamego.

Thumbs up ... to Southeast High’s volleyball team, which will represent the area at state as well.

Thumbs up ... to the local United Way closing in on its 2010 goal. Best of luck to them toward reaching it.

Lionel Tipton, for the Morning Sun