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THUMBS UP! To marking Labor Day. Thousands participated in assorted Decatur celebrations, including a downtown parade and an event at Fairview Park featuring labor and political leaders. Recognizing the history and importance of labor and labor relations, both in Decatur and around the country, is worth more than a day a year. But that's a reasonable start.

THUMBS DOWN! To Hurricane Dorian. Expressing anger with the weather is one of the most futile things a person can do. But it's agonizing to watch people literally under attack from water. We're also alarmed at the increase of the storms both in number and intensity. Our thoughts are with those under assault, especially in the Bahamas, where the storm essentially parked for a day.

THUMBS UP! To progress on the water park at Nelson Park’s Overlook Adventure Park. Slides are being installed, which leave us continuing to be optimistic about the arrival of the park in spring 2020. Nelson Park is already a destination. This effort enhances that.

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THUMBS DOWN! To census issues. For assorted reasons, there's extensive concern about the potential success of the next United States census, set for 2020. Of course, politics play an extensive role as proponents elbow for their positions. The directive is to count how many people are in the country. Yet the argument remains: Which people count? This issue is especially discouraging because it's not like this census is a surprise.

THUMBS UP! To the Friends of the Decatur Public Library and its annual Labor Day book sale. This year's two-day event featured 70,000 books for sale at discounted prices. The sale is a labor of love for the volunteers who sort through books throughout the year, and a bargain for book lovers who invade the Decatur Civic Center and leave with grocery bags full of books.

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