THUMBS UP! To a high school rivalry taking a back seat to the making life a little easier for a family dealing with bills related to a child's illness. St. Teresa and Central A&M fans raised nearly $4,000 during a basketball game and donated it to Angela Bean, a St. Teresa sophomore undergoing a complex surgery next week in Chicago to treat pseudopapillary tumors on both her liver and pancreas. The atmosphere was electric as fans on both sides cheered Angela from the stands. Despite the score, everyone who contributed went home that night a winner.
THUMBS UP! To the work done by the many crews called into action as a result of the winter blast that hit the area last week and for the work they will do during the rest of the cold months. Waking up to very little water pressure in your home isn't fun, but it sure beats standing in a hole filled with water trying to fix a busted water pipe in sub-zero temperatures. And while the cab of the truck clearing ice and snow covered roads at 4 a.m. might be warm, it would be much better being at home in a warm bed. Thank you.
THUMBS UP! To attention finally being directed at the awful Legionnaires' outbreak at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy. It’s far too late for this case to be getting the focus it is. Thirteen residents and dozens of residents have become ill since 2015. We’re eager to see aggressive steps taken to address this.
THUMBS DOWN! To the expenses related to the Eisenhower High School athletic field. The school district got the go-ahead to sue the subcontractor, whose work is being called into question because of some drainage and turf issues. Ideally, both sides could have agreed on a fix without involving the legal system and the costs associated with that avenue. But we commend the school board for taking the necessary steps to get the situation remedied.
THUMBS DOWN! To the flu. It seems every other person around the holidays had been ill. Both Decatur hospitals told the Herald & Review there’s been a sharp increase in patients. Wash your hands. Stay home when you’re ill. Stay safe.
THUMBS UP! To remaining positive amid all the changes taking place around us and looking for solutions to the things that need fixed rather than just complaining about them. Ryan McCrady highlighted some of the things the community has going for it during the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast last week. They included an available workforce, transportation infrastructure and quality of life. We have the foundation. Let's just build on it.
THUMBS UP! To taking and already great recipe and making it better. It's great that Decatur is now home to the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center and the people it will bring to the community. But using the center as a training ground for culinary students at Richland Community College by having them provide the food to the law enforcement personnel who are there is just icing on the cake.