April 7: Thumbs up, thumbs down

  • Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2013 2:57 p.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, April 7, 2013 9:48 a.m.
FILE - This May 17, 2004 file photo shows Pulitzer Prize winning film critc Roger Ebert at the 57th International Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that its film critic Roger Ebert died on Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)
FILE - This May 17, 2004 file photo shows Pulitzer Prize winning film critc Roger Ebert at the 57th International Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that its film critic Roger Ebert died on Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)

THUMBS DOWN

To Roger Ebert’s death — The film critic, who died of cancer on Thursday, would appreciate that even in death he’s being honored with the thumbs down icon he and the late Gene Siskel made famous for their spirited reviews of movies.

THUMBS UP

To the Colbert Busch versus Sanford matchup — While we haven’t been shy about our dislike that former Gov. Mark Sanford is trying for a political comeback after leaving office in disgrace, the idea of Sanford facing Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, in the race for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District race, is bound to make for an entertaining election season.

THUMBS UP

To Masters Week — It’s always so exciting when one of the world’s most prestigious and anticipated sporting events opens in our area. It promises to be a fantastic week for more than just golf fans. The list of special events is filled with something for everyone.

THUMBS DOWN

To more murders in South Carolina — The number of murders in the state went up more than 20 percent in 2011, a jump of 57 (322 compared to 265) from the previous year, the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division said last week. The positive news was that the state’s overall violent crime rate went down.

THUMBS DOWN

To the death of a local student — Tanner Lewis’ friends – stunned by his unexpected death on Sunday – gave him a memorial tribute Monday in an unusual and moving way – a running game of Monopoly in the Midland Valley High School Library. The 17-year-old senior and gifted honor student loved the game. Tanner died after a brief illness.

THUMBS UP

To a jump-roping fourth grader — Alexis Hooper, a fourth grader at Aiken Elementary, raised $1,000 for “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraiser at the school. That was 40 percent of the school’s $2,700 total raised for the American Heart Association.

THUMBS DOWN

To budget cuts — When Washington, D.C., politicians couldn’t get their act together to come up with a budget agreement, they let ridiculous spending cuts take over. Now we’re looking at cuts that willy-nilly could put the MOX project in danger. And, both sides keep blaming the other. Didn’t they learn anything in elementary school?

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