The USA Youth Sports Complex in Appleton has hosted a number of Wisconsin Youth Soccer Championships, including this June.
Thumbs Up: To the USA Youth Sports Complex, for picking up another honor.
The sports complex in Appleton was named one of the top 10 soccer facilities in the United States by InSite on Sports Events.
The award cites USA Youth's 15 full-sized fields and convenient parking and concessions.
Those of us who live here realize what a gem the sports complex is. It's nice that it's being recognized nationwide, too.
Thumbs Up: To the Small Business Association, for recognizing the damage inflicted in our area by the Aug. 7 storms.
The SBA approved Outagamie County's request for low-interest loans to homeowners and business owners to recoup costs of damage that aren't covered by their insurance.
The loan offer also covers Winnebago, Calumet, Waupaca, Brown and Shawano counties.
Thumbs Down: To the National Security Agency, for violating privacy regulations and overstepping its legal authority thousands of times a year.
An internal audit and documents obtained by the Washington Post show the NSA held a blatant disregard for the surveillance limitations and its duties to report its actions to the Justice Department and the director of national intelligence.
It also subverted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's authority by starting a surveillance program without court approval. The court later ruled it unconstitutional.
The Post notes that most of the violations were unintended, the result of mistakes in following procedures. Nevertheless, the new information casts serious doubts on the NSA's ability to responsibly use its power.
Thumbs Down: To state Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, for introducing a package of bills that are intended to address election reforms.
Lazich has authored eight election-related bills that purport to fix real issues at the polls. But the issues really aren't issues and Lazich's bills only serve to make it more difficult for elections to be run smoothly and add obstacles for voters.