Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To vandals who damaged the new driveway and parking lot at the Disabled American Veterans Wood County Chapter 32 post on Little Stillwell Road last week. Damage all over the property amounts to as much as $1,500, according to Commander Paul DeBerry. Though a financial reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators, it should not take a financial incentive to convince folks to do the right thing. And there is someone out there who knows who is responsible.

UP: To Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement that efforts are being made to quickly vaccinate West Virginians over the age of 80. “The faster that we can get shots in arms of people, especially of significant age, the more lives we’re going to save,” Justice said last week. “This is boiling down to minutes, not days.” If the effort is successful — and if families and facilities can come up with effective plans to help those seniors get the vaccinations — it will, indeed, save lives. Kudos to those who worked to make the acceleration happen.

UP: To Levi French of Ravenswood High School, Trey Jones and Garrison Phillips of Ripley High School and Creed Ammons and Jonus Glover of Tyler Consolidated High School, for being named Honorary Secretaries of State for West Virginia. The program recognizes high school students committed to registering, informing and mobilizing their peers to vote. Honorees are from Jennings Randolph Award-winning schools and are nominated by their teachers. Thank you, folks, for working so hard to keep our system working.


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