THUMBS UP! To the opening of the addition to Decatur's Children's Museum of Illinois. The 7,000-square-foot law enforcement-themed addition to the museum was unveiled last week, Heroes Hall features exhibits that represent all branches of local first responders, including police, the fire department, Decatur Park Police and the Macon County Sheriff's Office. Hall was funded by a $3 million grant from The Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
THUMBS UP! To the rescue of the Thai soccer team and their coach. We're grateful for satisfactory outcomes every time there's a rescue story like this that captures the public's imagination. Twelve boys, age 11 to 16, endured being stranded for 18 days in a flooded cave. Congratulations to all, and thanks for the effort.
THUMBS DOWN! To being a consumer in the middle of a trade war. Multiple indications show consumers are about to undergo some more financial suffering as words heat attitudes and raise prices. One of the issues with which ordinary observers battle in all economic matters is there are theories that fit anyone's view, and little clear-cut expertise. Some of the concerns feel legitimate. We hope they pass with as little pain as possible.
THUMBS UP! To our mural artists. Seeing the ordinary dressed up with a little style makes surrounding areas immediately more attractive to the eye. Whether it's Los Angeles-based artist Collin Salazar working on East William Street or Eric Weatherford's work on the Brown, Hawkins and Basola Law Offices, we admire the effort and appreciate the look.
THUMBS UP! To the World Cup. No, the United States didn't win entry into this edition of the international soccer tournament, and yes, as a result, television ratings for the event are down from four years ago. This tournament has still given us a look at the best the world has to offer in a sport that many of us consider strange and exotic, or boring and confusing. Enjoy Sunday's final vicariously through a friend or acquaintance who has suddenly discovered ancestry including France or Croatia.
THUMBS UP! To the good will of employees at Cracker Barrel. Almost 30 of them combined forces to purchase a new bicycle for co-worker Robert Eastin. Eastin pedals six miles daily to his Cracker Barrel job, and his co-workers upgraded him to a seven-speed Huffy with a light, extra reflectors, a lock, a water bottle with a holder and a horn. It's a wonderful result from a thoughtful effort.