Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – April 22

A legacy

Thumbs-up to the legacy Anne Baxter left to the community. Baxter, who died April 8 at the age of 81, was a true champion for children and adults with disabilities, and she constantly worked to make sure they had the best care and quality of life. She will be missed.

Reaching out

Thumbs-up to Seymour-Redding Elementary School Principal Dylan Purlee who is leaving July 1 to take a similar job at Needham Elementary School in Franklin. In his four years at Seymour, Purlee went above and beyond the call of duty by reaching out to the local community to help support students. He founded the Rock’n Ready school supply collection and distribution event with Jackson County United Way in 2013 to provide children from low-income families with free school supplies. The program helped more than 750 students this past year.


Thumbs-up to Trinity Lutheran High School senior Jacob Schult for tossing a no-hitter April 6 against Rising Sun, the No. 2-ranked team in Class A at the time. The Cougars put together eight runs to back Schult, who threw nine strikeouts and walked three in seven innings on the mound.


Thumbs-up to JoAnn Leslie for her 42½ years of service with McDonald’s restaurant at 913 E. Tipton St. in Seymour. The Freetown native and Seymour resident retired March 1, and restaurant employees and family members recently gathered to celebrate her retirement.

Special day

Thumbs-up to Seymour-Redding Elementary School for hosting a Special Olympics Young Champions unified game day April 15 for students with special needs. The event was enjoyable for participants and their families and peers, the school’s staff and high school students who assisted.

Open the doors

Thumbs-up to Lee Hamilton for his “Behind Closed Doors” column in the April 6 edition of The Tribune. There is too much secrecy in government. Openness is not a panacea, but it makes good government. I like to know what’s being done for our good. Ha Ha. Democracy dies behind closed doors.

Joan Gorbett, Brownstown