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Thumbs Up to all of the organizers, participants and hungry Yorkers who helped get the fourth annual Restaurant Week York off to a strong start.

York Dispatch Business reporter David Weissman and photographer Amanda Cain documented the fun on Saturday as local folks enjoyed warm temperatures, restaurant hospitality and the festive atmosphere.

In all, the ingredients combined to give us a feeling of spring and celebration in mid-February – with full bellies to boot.

Restaurant Week is an eight-day event featuring 30 participating restaurants offering special $5 and $10 breakfast menus, $5, $10 and $15 lunch menus, and $20, $30 and $40 dinner menus. The specials will run through Saturday.

For more information, visit www.rwyork.com/rwmenus/.

Thumbs Up to Harper Lee, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author who famously wrote “To Kill A Mockingbird” in 1960. Lee died Friday; she was 89.

For its time and place of origin (Lee was a native of the American deep south; her hometown was Monroeville, Alabama), “To Kill A Mockingbird” dealt with subject matter – racial injustice, rape – not often addressed with such candor.

More than a half-century after its publication, the book is still taught in many American classrooms as a way to promote tolerance and a springboard for youth to engage in the often-difficult discussion of race and racial attitudes in the 21st century.

Thumbs Up to Troy Sowers, the York High head basketball coach who announced this past week that he will be stepping down to allow for a well-earned break.

Under Sowers, 46, York High became the premier team in the York-Adams League, as well as in all of District 3. He led the Bearcats to four Y-A League titles and three District 3-AAAA titles, including back-to-back championships in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

"I had the best 10-year experience that any coach could ever want," Sowers said. "We coached 18 games at the Giant Center. That's almost a full season of basketball at the Giant Center. We put 28 kids into college who went through our program. I put gold medals around all my guys' necks — three district titles and four county titles. I had the best experience I could have."

We would like to join Coach Sowers’ York High community in thanking him for his dedication to student athletes and wishing him well in this new chapter of his life.

Thumbs Down to those conspiracy theorists who flooded social media with wacky scenarios in the hours after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.

Scalia was with a hunting party, where after retiring for the evening, he apparently “died peacefully in his sleep,” according to a Washington Post report.

The problem with these theories is that, in this case – and often, they prove not only ridiculous but hurtful, as well.

Speaking on a national talk-radio show, one of Justice Scalia’s sons said the theories were “hurtful” and “distracting.”

“He was a month shy of 80 years old. He lived to see an incredibly full and active life, but I knew, and he knew, that he was at a place in life where he could be taken from this world at any time — and that’s what happened last week,” Eugene Scalia said.

He added: “I think it’s a distraction from a great man and his legacy at a time when there’s so much to be said about that and to help people even more fully appreciate that. And, on a personal level, I think it’s a bit of a hurtful distraction for a family that’s mourning.”

Let’s stop wasting our political energy and advocacy on this type of nonsense. There is too much authentic work to be done, and each of us could participate in our American democracy in many more effective – and productive – pursuits.

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