Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – August 19

Bridge work

Thumbs-up to the 260 friends, who attended the sixth annual Dinner on the Medora Covered Bridge event Aug. 6. Also, a big “thank-you” to local businesses who donated nearly 50 door prizes and to all who helped with the event. To see pictures of the dinner, visit Hope to see a bigger attendance next year.

Brian Wolka, Vallonia

Veterans saluted

Thumbs-up to members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925 in Seymour for sponsoring and organizing the 71st annual V-J Day Parade, which commemorates the country’s victory over Japan and the end of World War II. It also honors all veterans.


Thumbs-up to all the students, their parents and teachers in Jackson County as the new school year begins. Here’s hoping it a good one. A related thumbs-up to all the high school and middle school athletes across the county as they compete this fall.

Dedicated director

Thumbs-up to Larry Spurgeon for recently being recognized by the Indiana Funeral Directors Association for holding his funeral director license for 50 years. Spurgeon’s brother, Jack Spurgeon, and their father, H. Jack Spurgeon, received the same recognition from the association in the past. Spurgeon Funeral Home in Brownstown was established by Larry’s grandfather, T.A. Spurgeon, more than 100 years ago, and it’s rare to find any business still going strong after that many years.

Road rage

Thumbs-down to the Indiana Department of Transportation. We should not have to put up with flat tires, accidents, chipped paint and fresh oil on our vehicles and stone and dust on our bumpers and windshields. If this is due to the cuts in INDOT’s budget and state tax cuts then I’d gladly pay a few more taxes than file insurance claims for damages or have an accident. If you agree, let you state senator and state representative know.

Brian Wolka

Well watered

Thumbs-down to people who water their yard when it’s raining. It’s a pretty questionable practice to water the grass at all this year.