Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To news that cases of measles in the U.S. have reached their highest level in 25 years. Much of the resurgence can be traced back to (sometimes deliberate) misinformation about vaccines. Measles is, of course, only the beginning for misguided individuals intentionally eradicating herd immunity that keeps safe those who are truly unable to be vaccinated. “Measles is the signal that in these communities where there is profound under-vaccination, they are susceptible to a whole menu of communicable diseases we thought were relegated to yesteryear,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an expert of vaccines at Vanderbilt University.

UP: To West Virginia’s apparent improvement in monitoring disaster grant recipients, though the state remains under a manual reimbursement penalty from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. FEMA now says “the state has stepped up and has moved in a positive direction on grant monitoring.” Let us hope they keep it going.

UP: To the groundbreaking of the new Warren Elementary School — the first earth moved after voters made a historic decision to finance new buildings for the area’s students. “This is great for the community and the kids,” said Wendy McCarthy, former levy committee member. “It’s important for them to have a safe place to learn.”