Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To a proposal approved by the West Virginia state Senate that would make shelter dogs the official state dog. “Just because a dog is at a shelter doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with the dog,” said state Sen. Ryan Weld, a Republican. “That dog needs a second chance and is looking for a new friend, just like you might be.” It is estimated there are more than 500 dogs in Mountain State animal shelters right now. Good for the legislature for working to put them in the spotlight.

UP: To those who have worked to ensure 100 percent of those eligible to vote have been registered to do so, at Ravenswood, Ripley, St. Marys, Tyler Consolidated, Hundred, Paden City, Parkersburg Catholic and Williamstown high schools. In fact, according to West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, “Over the last three years, we have worked with county clerks and student leaders throughout the state to register more than 43,000 high school seniors to vote. That’s an incredible number for a state the size of West Virginia.” Now let us hope those registered voters carefully weigh the facts about each candidate and cast their votes in this monumentally important election year.

UP: To the partnership between Downtown PKB and the Wood County Society’s Art Beat Studio that will bring another splash of color to Market Street, as part of a beautification project. The decorative pole banners encourage those who come downtown to “Experience the arts;” and there are certainly plenty of opportunities to do so –including seeing the work of some local artists displayed on those banners.