Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To this year’s West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition; and to today’s pig roast honoring local first responders. Presented by IEI and its operations manager Sunny Naik, the event is meant to thank those who faced down an enormous fire at the company’s warehouse at the former Ames plant on Camden Avenue, last October. Certainly those men and women deserve this thank-you event and so much more for what they did.

UP: To this year’s announced lineup and schedule for the Parkersburg Homecoming Aug. 17-19. The events and entertainment planned should make for another fun weekend on which to welcome folks back to Parkersburg with the theme “Bringing it Home.”

UP: To Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook’s recommendation for a review of the district’s approximately 114 policies — two-thirds of which Hosaflook believes to be outdated. Though change for the sake of change is not what officials should seek, it is likely there is much work to do in bringing Wood County Schools in line with what is needed for our students, teachers and administrators.

UP: To the number of people who came out to participate in community conversations on our region’s substance abuse crisis, over three sessions this week. It took courage for some who have been most affected by this plague to speak, to try to help others understand and come closer to real solutions. Now let us hope those voices are heard by the people with the most ability to set change in motion.