Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Fight for Seeley committee as they work to raise money to fund a scholarship for area students and to help those struggling in their fight with leukemia in honor of former county Sheriff’s deputy Mike Seeley. On Aug. 3, Fight for Seeley will host a fundraiser at the Lakewood American Legion, with events including a motorcycle rally, food, live music, Chinese auction and cornhole tournament. The event is from noon to 4 p.m. The Fight for Seeley Scholarship Fund was created by friends and family of the late Seeley, who passed away in February 2018 after battling leukemia. He devoted more than 16 years of his life helping the community, therefore the fund provides financial aid to local students attending college who show good character, integrity, kindness and gets involved with the community. Because Seeley was a sheriff’s deputy, EMT and volunteer firefighter, priority for the scholarship is given to students pursuing a career in criminal justice. Our area has a lot of these types of funds and fundraisers, which is a sign that our area has lost a lot of good people too early in their lives. Kudos to families and friends for working so hard to preserve their loved one’s memory and to the public for supporting the good work organizations like the Fight for Seeley perform in the community.

Thumbs down to a depressing incident in which a city man allegedly impersonated a veteran to receive benefits. According to a police report, the man was found using an alias and fraudulent documentation to receive veterans benefits to which he was not entitled. There are scarce resources to help veterans as they readjust to civilian life. They certainly shouldn’t be diverted to those who never went through the stress of military life.

Thumbs up to a project to make an old building beautiful again. Work has begun on the UCAN City Mission building on First Street in Jamestown. Between now and September, the building will get new paint, awnings, window pains and signs while the bricks are being re-mortared. The building has gone through several transitions in its history from hotel to a place that gives a helping hand to those who desperately need one. The renovation project will help make the outside of the mission as beautiful as the work going on inside its walls.