Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the organizers of the annual Big Fish Triathlon. The 2019 race raised more than $13,000 to support Camp Onyahsa’s week of camping for children with Type 1 diabetes while the event has now raised $79,489.08. The money pays for children with Type 1 diabetes to enjoy all of the camp’s traditional activities, in addition to enhanced health care from a specialized team of nurses, pharmacists, pump experts and counselors who provide supervision and also allow the parents one week out of the year to relax with the knowledge that their children are in a safe environment away from home. Kudos to all involved.

Thumbs down to a false report of attempted kidnapping recently in Falconer Park. Ellicott police combed hours of videotape of the park before determining the alleged attempted kidnapping never actually took place. One of the problems with our reliance on social media is that there is no time for investigation to determine if something actually took place. In this case, the damage was already done by the time police debunked the allegations — parents in the area quickly deemed the park unsafe. Dan Leighton, a patrolman with the Ellicott police department, told The Post-Journal officers routinely check on the park. “We constantly drive by,” he said. “We want the public to know that we are patrolling the park and that it’s a safe place to bring your family.”

Thumbs up to organizers of the annual Ryan C. Foote Memorial Golf Tournament, which benefits the children of the late Ryan Foote, a father, friend and golfer. All money raised goes to the Gavin and Abigail Foote College Fund. What better way to stand by the family of a fallen friend than to see that children have money to help pay for their college education.