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THUMBS UP! To the democratic process in Decatur. After public appearances, debates and “speed dating” with and by the candidates for mayor, city council and school board, it's clear the candidates are all engaged and passionate about their desire to work for a constituency. They're making it difficult to narrow down the choices. That's a good thing.

THUMBS UP! To Decatur being named a 2018 Tree City USA. The honor, awarded by the Arbor Sday Foundation, tips a hat to the city's tree department, care ordinance and more. We're one of more than 3,400 cities around the country to received the honor. 

THUMBS DOWN! To rubbernecking at disasters. News that a New Zealand mosque shooting, during which 50 people were killed, was broadcast via Facebook Live streaming was horrifying enough. That news, however, was followed by more horror. Around 200 people watched the attack live, with no one reporting the video until the shooting concluded. On top of that, the video was uploaded again 1.5 million times. Facebook said 1.2 million of those attempted uploads were cut off before they appeared on the site, but that also means 300,000 uploads got through. Keeping a positive view of your fellow man is difficult in the light of such thoughtlessness and cruelty.

THUMBS UP! To Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School seventh-grader Sarvesh Arivarasu. He won Saturday's 41st annual Regional Spelling Bee at Eisenhower High School. He will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete during the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 27 to 30.

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