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Boos and applause

September 14, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

- Applause to the Federal Communications Commission for awarding $24 million to help expand high-speed Internet access in rural areas. There are many locations in our coverage area without high-speed Internet, and with access so important in today's society - students are now even given homework via and involving the Internet - we sincerely hope some of that funding will be applied to our communities.

- Applause to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., for thinking outside the box and not blindly following his party's leadership. Manchin co-sponsored a Senate resolution that provided an alternative to President Barack Obama's plan to bomb Syria. "I do not believe there is a threat to America. I do not believe a military strike is necessary," Manchin said. We appreciate his insistence on listening to his constituents, and on doing what his conscience dictates, not what his party dictates.

- Applause to Davis & Elkins College for being named to the Military Friendly Schools list. D&E?was honored as one of the colleges doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students. This is the fourth year D&E has received the prestigious designation.

- Boo, once again, to anyone who decides to make a bomb threat at a school. Petersburg High School's students and staff had to suffer through bomb threats on three - count 'em, three - days in a row this week. These stupid acts rob children of their class time and cost the school system money to bring in bomb-sniffing dogs. Perhaps the worst thing about bomb threats is that they have the potential to make officials complacent; after so many false alarms, it would be a true tragedy if a real emergency occurred and proper decisions were not made.



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