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Posted: October 7, 2013 - 12:00am

Thumbs down to the shutdown of the United States federal government, which has put folks like recently relocated Juneau resident Patricia Hill in a tough spot. It’s only a matter of time before the trickle-down effect of less money being spent around town is felt by businesses such as restaurants, child care providers and coffee stands. We urge members of Congress to come to a swift resolution so important services, research and facilities will kick back into gear.

In contrast, thumbs up to the local businesses and nonprofits that stepped up to offer deals — Perseverance Theater, Coppa, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and Pie in the Sky Bakery and Cafe, for instance — for those affected by the furloughs. It’s further proof that Juneau residents have a knack for banding together to help friends, neighbors and fellow Alaskans.

Thumbs down to Juneau’s rising pile of solid waste, but a thumbs up to the Commission on Sustainability which is looking for ways to slow its growth by expanding recycling in Alaska’s capital city. An Empire article published last week outlines some of the ideas being examined to increase community participation in the recycling program offered by Arrow Refuse. All good things, but we’re interested in what the experts have to say. We think the program should have an educational element that appeals to a variety of audiences.  

Thumbs down to an abysmally low voter turnout for municipal elections Tuesday. There may have been few choices to make, but who we elect locally makes a tangible difference in our everyday lives, and it shouldn’t be left to such a small minority to decide.

Thumbs up to those willing to serve on the Assembly and School Board ­— thanks for running and for your hard work in office.

And thumbs up to getting Permanent Fund Dividends direct deposited into bank accounts Oct. 3. Whether spent on a plane ticket out, heating fuel for the winter or something shiny and new, PFD day is always a good day. It’s a good day also for local nonprofit organizations who may have been recipients of donations from those who chose to Pick.Click.Give. Thumbs up to those generous donors.

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