Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To the continued mess in Charleston that has left us (still) with three competing plans for the budget, and three sides that cannot break the habit of being hard-headed — one of them veering toward becoming a sideshow distraction while the other two appear unwilling to compromise. The delay has cost about half-a-million dollars so far. West Virginia is inching toward a government shut down, which lawmakers should want to avoid, if for no other reason than it will show us all just how much there is for which taxpayers do not really need to pay.

UP: To the 22nd annual Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival this weekend at Parkersburg’s City Park, where entertainment ranging from bagpipes to bellydancing will give visitors a chance to explore new forms of entertainment while browsing the arts and crafts vendors and having a bite to eat from the international food concessions.

UP: To the American Red Cross of Northwestern West Virginia, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this week. The Parkersburg chapter of the Red Cross was formed June 15, 1917; and families and communities, not to mention local hospitals and medical centers, have benefited tremendously from their work ever since.

UP: To the 108 high school students from across the U.S., as well as Central and South America, who are attending the annual National Youth Science Camp, in Pocahontas County. While we wish the kids a fun and educational camp experience, we also hope they have enough chance to explore the Mountain State that they will become ambassadors, spreading the word about how wrong so many people are about West Virginia.