Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the public for their role in taking an alleged armed robber off the streets. Jamestown Police Dept. Capt. Robert Samuelson attributes charges Thursday night against Thomas Lawson of Jamestown in connection with late-March robberies at CVS in Brooklyn Square and the 7-11 store on East Second Street to tips from the public, including recognizing a sweatshirt logo. According to Samuelson, investigators have several leads for the second person involved in the CVS robbery and that an acquaintance of Lawson is a possible person-of-interest. “It all came down to tips from the public,” Samuelson told The Post-Journal on Thursday.

Thumbs down to a secret “Cuban Twitter” communications network designed to undermine the Communist government in Cuba. An Associated Press investigation found the network was built using secret shell corporations and financed through a foreign bank. Congressional hearings are focused on whether lawmakers were adequately informed about the program. We wonder if they shouldn’t instead be asking why tax dollars are being spent so foolishly. The U.S. has wasted millions of dollars since the Eisenhower administration on idiotic plans to destabilize Cuba. To find out such moronic efforts are still ongoing boggles the mind.

Thumbs up to recognizing the unsung heroes who do great things in our community. The Southwestern NY Chapter of the American Red Cross along with Cummins Engine Jamestown Engine Plant is requesting nominations for this year’s Hometown Hero celebration. Nominations are accepted for citizens in the following categories; humanitarian, firefighter, law enforcement, emergency and medical personnel, workplace, youth and animal rescue. Nomination forms will be accepted until Monday. A celebration breakfast and recognition will occur on May 16 at the Moon Brook Country Club in Jamestown. Anyone who knows of an area resident who deserves recognition can visit www.redcross.org/swny or call the American Red Cross at 664-5115 to get a nomination form.