Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to five women honored recently with the 16th annual Women of Achievement awards. Honorees in the five award categories are Business – Brenda Ireland, Civic -Kristy Zabrodski, Education – Ann Aversa, Government – Lori Cornell, and Leader of the Future – Journey Gunderson. Beth Oakes, YWCA Jamestown executive director, said it best when she credits the honorees for serving as “leaders, mentors and role models” in range of areas within the community. Their community involvement is worthy of being emulated by all of us.

Thumbs up to state Sen. Catharine Young for helping the Cherry Creek Community Association navigate a new regulation that could affect any parade that takes place on a state road. The Cherry Creek Community Association applied for the permit once it was made aware of the problem, but was denied because it didn’t have enough insurance. Young stepped in and got the state Transportation Department to approve the permit as long as the village applied. Young’s action saved a longstanding tradition in Cherry Creek, whose parade is the centerpiece of a weekend full of events that draws a large crowd to the village.

Thumbs down, meanwhile, to the state Transportation Department for changing the special use permits for state roads without letting anyone know. The PERM 33c permit, according to the DOT’s website, is issued when traffic is closed or disrupted for a special event on a state road for more than 10 minutes. The version specifically for parades took effect this year, a spokesman for the DOT told The Post-Journal. There may well be a valid reason for requiring the permit, but there is no reason for not making changes to the permit known to those it affects.