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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the many area churches and organizations that made sure there were Christmas dinners for everyone Wednesday. Thumbs up as well to the volunteers — workers and entertainers — who made the day truly a celebration. Hundreds of people had a merrier Christmas because of their efforts, and it reminds us all that we are truly a community, and we take care of one another.

DOWN: To news that Notre Dame Cathedral remains so fragile after a fire earlier this year that it might not be saved. “Today we can say that there is maybe a 50 percent chance that it will be saved,” said Monsignor Patrick Chauvet. “There is also a 50 percent chance of scaffolding falling onto the three vaults, so as you can see the building is still very fragile.” Notre Dame is an international treasure, regardless of religious affiliation. It is to be hoped that the work to restore it can be completed safely and successfully.

UP: To Southeast Ohio Mentoring Services, which will continue to do its good work despite having to stop use of the Big Brothers Big Sisters label, after the national organization decided to impose ludicrous requirements for fundraising potential. Thankfully, “the only thing that has changed is the name,” according to Washington County Director Willa O’Neill. Well, that, and an attachment to a national organization that clearly does not understand the struggles of the regions in which it had been operating.

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