Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the area’s hospitality earning it an unexpected weekend hosting the NCAA Division II baseball regionals at Russell E. Diethrick Park. Mercyhurst University in Erie was the top seed and host of the regional. The tournament comes at a perfect time for Jamestown — the summer season is just starting to gear up, meaning hotels will get a nice boost they likely hadn’t been expecting, as will some area restaurants. It’s good to see Diethrick Park used in such a fashion.

Thumbs down to a glaring example of why local shootings remain unsolved. Capt. Robert Samuelson recently told The Post-Journal’s A.J. Rao that the shooting of Obryan Ramos, 28, on Prendergast Avenue last year remains unsolved in part because a witness who was on the porch during the shooting won’t cooperate with the investigation. Police can’t force witnesses to cooperate, so the case remains at a standstill. That is unfortunate. Whatever the witness’ reasons for not cooperating with police, the end result is that a person who is more than willing to commit acts of violence in city neighborhoods continues to roam the streets.

Thumbs up to the Southern Tier Brewing Co. for being a finalist in the recent Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge. More than 170 breweries signed up to participate in the challenge and more than 42,000 votes were cast online before the contestants were narrowed to the final five. While Southern Tier Brewing Co. lost out to a pair of upstate brewers who shared the grand prize, it is quite an accomplishment to have been named a finalist in the first place. Area residents have always known the gem we have in our backyard in Southern Tier Brewing. Now, the rest of the state has gotten a taste too.