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Thumbs up to Abigail Kopp, president of the Latino Scholarship Fund, and her team of volunteers for organizing the 25th annual gala and auction, with a record attendance Saturday evening, to raise money for the fund. Thumbs up, too, to Ileana Velazquez and Peter Kalman who started the nonprofit out of concern that fewer than 20 percent of Danbury High School’s Latino graduates were going on to higher education. Since then, more than $800,000 in scholarships has been awarded to more than 500 Latino high school graduates throughout Greater Danbury.

Thumbs up to the cooperation of several agencies that will keep the Greenery Cafe open on Main

Street in Danbury. The restaurant founded in 1992 to provide employment for adults with disabilities was at risk of closing for financial reasons by the nonprofit Green Chimneys across the state line. the state Department of Developmental Services stepped in and hired the nonprofit Easterseals of Greater Waterbury to keep the cafe running. Not only does the arrangement provide continued employment for approximately 20 workers, it also keeps another lunch option in downtown Danbury.

Thumbs up tentatively, to a plan from Gov. Ned Lamont to bring private-sector knowhow into jump-starting the state economy. Led by

David Lehman, a 41-year-old Goldman

Sachs partner, and including the retired chief executives of PepsiCo and Webster Bank, Lamont’s plan aims to improve the state’s relationship with the business sector and attract new and growing industries to make Connecticut their home. It’s of course good to see the governor changing things up and reaching out to his many business contacts in an effort to help the state. But a note of caution is warranted — the government is not a private entity, and what works in one doesn’t always make sense in the other.

Thumbs down to a pair of measles cases reported at Yale New Haven Hospital. Measles is an eminently preventable malady that had been all but eliminated in the United States thanks to near-universal vaccinations. But thanks to an inexplicable yet increasingly popular movement against vaccinations, diseases once considered gone have staged a comeback. For the record, vaccinations are safe, and have brought immeasurable public health benefits over the past century. The illnesses they prevent, instead, are truly dangerous.

Thumbs up to sending a message at the State of the Union. As usual, lawmakers from both parties plan to bring guests to accompany them to the president’s annual address to Congress, scheduled for next week after a delay due to the government shutdown. Connecticut legislators are unlikely to agree with much of what is said in the speech, but are sending a message themselves in their choice of guests, including Sen. Chris Murphy inviting Regina Moller, executive director of Noank Community Support Services, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal bringing Gerry Wright, who has worked on behalf of Vietnam veterans who were exposed to toxic substances overseas. U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th, invited Ridgefield High School junior Lane Murdock, a co-founder of National School Walkout, a gun-safety group formed in response to the mass shooting at the Parkland, Florida high school last Valentine’s Day.

Thumbs up to the New England Patriots. It’s no secret that plenty of people woke up sick Monday morning at the thought of the team having won yet another Super Bowl, even here in

New England. But give the team credit for winning at a pace no one in the sport has ever matched. Someday you’ll look back and say you saw the best football dynasty in history. And for fans who can’t stand them, think how satisfying it will be when they finally start losing — assuming that ever happens.

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