On this day, the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we salute and give a thumbs up to the many World War II service men and women — those living, those who have since passed on and most especially those who died in the line of duty — who served the United States well.

It seems Christmas has been in full swing since before Thanksgiving. No, we're not throwing water on the Christmas celebrations and activities. No, we don't want anyone to lose sight of what the season is all about. Certainly not in all cases, but people can and do celebrate Christmas appropriately. So we'll hoist a thumb upward to those who, while caught up in Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and other retail experiences that help keep the national and local economy vibrant, still do and will take time to remember Christmas for what it truly is.


While on the topic of Christmas, we give Ben Davis and Connie Maxwell Children's Home a big thumbs up for its "A Connie Maxwell Christmas" event, now in its 14th year. The children's home campus off Maxwell Avenue comes to life in lights, animals, music, laughter, food and fellowship each year during the first full weekend in December.
And each year, the visitors' list grows as people from near and far learn of the wonderful opportunity to drive around the campus, see a Nativity scene, hear wonderful children's voices singing Christmas carols and more. If you have never been, you owe it to yourself to go. Tonight is the last night for the full spectacle, so be sure to drive out to the campus between 6 and 8:30 p.m. Take the family, take a friend.
If you're not quite in the spirit of the Christmas season, the drive around the Connie Maxwell campus is your remedy. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas.

What? Not satisfied unless there's a thumb pointing downward? Hmmmm. Well, we were feeling a bit more in the spirit of the holiday, but OK.
We'll toss you one. This one has to do with safety and courtesy. Drivers who are not being just a tad more careful during the busy shopping season get a thumbs down, especially the ones who just cannot wait through a traffic light and head into the intersection when the light has clearly been red for seconds. Too risky. And then there are the mall and shopping center drivers who, for some reason, drive as though they've already fed onto a freeway. Slow it down, please. The rain and fog reminds us that too many drivers don't practice a very good and basic rule: Turn on your headlights when dusk arrives, and certainly when it is raining or foggy. Again, too risky.