Toast the New London Local Schools for its continued success with the state report card. Signs will be posted at entrances of the community boasting the fact the school has received "excellent" scores the last three years. An added toast goes to former superintendent Gary Graham, who retired last month. Graham led the charge as the school system was improving its scores, and he was also at the helm when the new school was built. Good luck to Graham in his retirement and congratulations on a job well done.
Roast President Bush's strategy to send more than 20,000 troops to Iraq. Bush's surge plan has little support. Even members of his own party are turning on the president. Bush is ignoring the will of an angry public, the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group and the reality that this war from rhetoric to results is playing out exactly like Vietnam.
Toast Governor Ted Strickland's first act in office. Strickland signed an executive order imposing large ethics reforms and detailing the few circumstances where state workers are permitted to accept gifts. For once, a politician is actually backing up a campaign pledge with action it's a good first step.
Roast the plea agreement that allowed Daniel Skodny charged with shaking his baby and causing serious injuries to be sentenced to probation. In agreeing to plead no contest, Skodny got the more serious charges dropped and will only serve one year of probation. It is hard to believe justice was done in this case.
Toast the five area nursing homes that scored above the state average on a statewide survey measuring the satisfaction of resident's family members: Gaymont Nursing Center, Norwalk, Hillside Acres, Willard, Norwalk Memorial Home, New London Healthcare Center and Twilight Gardens Home, Norwalk. It's comforting and uplifting to know that those most intimately involved families are satisfied with the care provided to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.