Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Parkersburg Police Department, for its intention to participate in the viral video lip sync challenge for law enforcement agencies. City Councilwoman Sharon Kuhl is correct that the fun video will be good for relations with community members, but also a boost to morale for the department. No one need worry the challenge will distract the police department from its duties — these men and women are professionals. And speaking of which …

UP: To Parkersburg Police Detective N.R. Deuley for his work on a case in which Police Chief Joe Martin said Deuley went above and beyond to get to the bottom of an investigation that led to the removal of two children from a dangerous situation.

UP: To work done during the 2018 Election Preparation and Training Conference this week in Morgantown, where county clerks and their staffs had an opportunity to learn more about how to keep our elections secure and combat cybersecurity threats that may arise both leading up to, and on Election Day.

UP: … maybe … to news that the rate of opioid-related deaths in West Virginia appears to be slowing down. However, while the increase in the number of deaths in the first six months of 2018 from the same period in 2017 is smaller than the increase in the first of half of 2017 from the same period in 2016, there have still been 498 opioid-related deaths through June. So, even if the rate is slowing, West Virginia is still on pace for a record number of opioid-related deaths in 2018.