Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Falconer girls basketball team for hosting its annual Hoops for Hospice event Monday. All proceeds from the game against Southwestern, basket giveaways, T-shirt sales and 50/50 giveaway will be given to Hospice of Chautauqua County. A separate fundraiser “Hearts for Heather” will also be held that evening to support Falconer Alumni Class of 1990 and former athlete Heather Lefford Edborg as she is currently fighting a battle with cancer.

Thumbs up to an area guitar maker for doing his part to make sure there is a future generation of performers. Recently, Jim Holler, owner of Trinity Guitars, donated a Fender G-DEC3 combo practice amp to Infinity Visual and Performing Arts. Such equipment can be expensive, especially for a nonprofit agency. Holler’s donation will go a long way toward helping educate the next wave of musicians.

Thumbs down to an example of poor federal government decision making for finding its way to Chautauqua County. The Cassadaga Job Corps, on orders from the national Job Corps office, has ordered all 126 Job Corps Centers across the country to stop accepting new students. The length of the enrollment suspension is determined by the time it takes to achieve necessary savings, but no later than June 30. While cuts must be made to federal spending, cuts to workforce development programs like the Job Corps are the wrong place to look for savings.