Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the ending of another school year, the sending off of graduates to the next chapter in their lives … and the beginning of summer (unofficial as it may be). Parents may be bracing themselves, but the change presents an opportunity for a very different kind of learning for many kids. Easy on the screentime, folks. There is a big world out there, and it cannot be truly explored through a screen.

DOWN: To lawmakers being forced to move $4.7 million from the unclaimed property line item to the state general fund to cover the cost of yet another bureaucratic “mistake.” This one, according to an audit, means the federal government is owed that money after West Virginia and Frontier Communications were improperly reimbursed for some broadband fiber cable purchases and installations. Sadly, the mismanagement of money that is not theirs by the bureaucrats and their friends is no longer a surprise in the Mountain State.

UP: To outgoing West Virginia University Extension Service Dean and Director Steven Bonanno, who is retiring after a career that began in Pleasants County in 1982. WVU President E. Gordon Gee said “Under Steve, the WVU Extension Service has transformed into a modern agency that addresses youth development in every locale, while still maintaining its strong traditional roles the Service has been known for since its inception.”