Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To volunteers who joined Marietta Main Street for downtown cleanup that prepared the city for the Small Business Revolution visit Friday — at the new First Fridays event and then today’s visit with local business owners. Volunteers swept through Front through Third streets, Butler and Putnam streets and the Marietta River Trail picking up trash and taking down the large candy cane decorations that had been on downtown lightposts.

DOWN: To the so-called adults who are so arrested in their development that they started and carried on a parent-student brawl in the stands of a high school basketball game between the Wooster Generals and Lexington Minutemen, in Ohio. “The kids are OK — it’s the adults and this is not just our league or our conference, this is all over, whether it be in the state of Ohio, in this country,” said Cardinal Conference Commissioner Ron Dessecker. How sad. How pathetic. Certainly Mid-Ohio Valley parents should look to this example as a reminder to continue to watch student sporting events with respect and good sportsmanship. Otherwise, what on earth are the kids supposed to think?

UP: To signs that some incoming officials in Charleston may be taking to heart the seriousness of the budget situation, and preparing to pare down their offices in a way that continues to serve the public, but with an eye toward efficiency rather than excess.

UP: To the number of local folks who were given the opportunity to share their ideas and concerns with Gov.-elect Jim Justice in meetings held last month. It is encouraging to know their voices were part of the conversation as Justice put his transition plan in place.