Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the life and legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92. Bush is being fondly remembered by a nation who grew to know her as the wife of a two-term vice president, then First Lady, then the mother of more than one governor, and mother of a two-term president. She is being called the matriarch of a political dynasty, and hailed as the smart, funny, compassionate and tough glue that held that family together. She will also be remembered — and missed — for the example she set.

UP: To the kick off of the 24th annual Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days campaign to encourage people to get into the healthy habit of walking daily. Mother Nature may not quite be cooperating with us, but the fact remains, the more we move, the better we will feel. Any effort to reinforce that notion is a good one.

UP: To news that, according to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report, the air quality in West Virginia continue to improve overall. The Mountain State saw continued improvement in fine particle pollution, according to data from 2014 to 2016. The bad news is the report also showed an increase in ozone. But generally speaking, West Virginians are breathing a little easier these days.