UP: Bold is the best way to describe last Friday’s thefts from American Power Sports and Affordable U-Store It, both on the north side of Findlay. Dumb is another. Police have said nine people were involved in the crime, and disclosed the value of the multiple all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles and an enclosed box trailer at more than $90,000. Security video could prove to be the thieves’ undoing. Most businesses have such cameras and it only takes one good image to identify one of the suspects. Serial numbers on the items stolen could also make them hard to be sold to legitimate buyers. Not only that, but the number of people involved may prove their undoing. How likely is it that none of the bad guys, or gals, will not brag about the crime they pulled off in Findlay, Ohio, at some point? This kind of crime is perfect for one thing: Hancock County Crime Stoppers. Call 419-425-8477 if you have a tip.
DOWN: It will take creative measures to make a long-term impact on the annual algal blooms that plague Lake Erie, and to improve water quality in other nearby waterways. One such step is being taken by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, which has allocated $1 million to a project to restore the Sandusky Bay shore habitat by using dredged materials from the bay itself. Engineers will ensure the wetlands filter out incoming water from the Sandusky River to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen, which feed the algal blooms. The project comes at a time when the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative could be cut under the Trump administration. Anyone with an interest in the Great Lakes, and millions do, should hope that Congress insists on continued funding for the program.
UP: Even small towns can benefit from social media these days. So Carey Mayor Jennifer Rathburn’s plan to start a village Facebook page is a good idea and a good way to spread the word about the Wyandot County village. Rathburn suggested Facebook and Twitter and coffee get-togethers as ways to keep residents better informed and connected to the village administration. Social media could do even more than that, of course. Carey has much to offer and Facebook and Twitter are great ways to share its uniqueness and small-town charm with the world.
DOWN: An effort to reduce legal help for low-income Ohio residents couldn’t come at a worse time, or so says Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court. O’Connor has asked congressional lawmakers to stop the proposed elimination of millions in legal aid funding from the Legal Services Corp. The federal agency is one of several that President Trump has proposed doing away with in his first budget proposal. The agency provided $12 million of the state’s $40 million legal aid budget in 2015. That’s a significant amount, O’Connor says, given the fact that one in five Ohioans qualifies for legal aid services.