Thumbs down on Hartford officials for failing to address a house at 94 Homestead Ave. that was gutted by fire five months ago. How long does this thing sit there, an eyesore and potential liability?

Congratulations to Wesleyan University's football squad for winning the Little Three championship for the first time since 1970. The Cardinals rule.

Thumbs up, finally, to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons for backing off the terrible idea of sending female inmates from the Northeast to a facility in Alabama. The inmates from this region who are now in the federal prison in Danbury, which is becoming all-male, will get a new facility here. The state's congressional delegation can take a bow for stopping what would have been a cruel and stupid policy.

Thumbs down on Hartford election officials for not getting explanatory materials on the ballot questions to some polling places until noon. City officials were expecting a low turnout, so they made it harder to vote?

Thumbs up for the groundbreaking Monday on an official skateboard park in downtown Hartford on a platform over the I-84 tunnel. The spot has become known to skateboarders as Heaven in Hartford. This project has been five years in the works.

Thumbs up to the planners of Connecticut's health insurance exchange for a more successful launch than healthcare.gov had. In its first month, Access Health CT signed up 7,615 people (www.accesshealthct.com), and slightly more than half went with private insurers — bucking the trend in other states, where Medicaid enrollees outnumber their better-off counterparts.