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Boos & Applause

October 26, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

Editor's note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in - pro, con or neutral.

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Applause to Brandon Simmons, an Elkins High School senior, for taking the initiative to raise funds to purchase a bullet-proof vest for Macy, the Elkins Police Department's K9 officer. The city police go above and beyond in their duty to protect and serve the residents of Elkins. Officer Macy is a vital cog in the department and deserves the same protection afforded to the her two-legged counterparts.

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Applause to Corridor H Authority Chairman Steve Foster, who spoke at a press conference at the Upshur County Regional Airport Authority earlier this week. Foster announced economic impact analysis figures showing that a completion date of 2020 would introduce $1.25 billion in new revenue to the Mountain State. The current completion date for the project is 2036, partly because of federal funding limitations. We urge the federal government to accelerate the completion date nearer to 2020. The $1.25 billion in revenue could go a long way in revitalizing not only the seven-county region the highway passes through, but also the entire state.

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Applause to the local Cub and Boy scouts who are scouring the area today collecting food items for area pantries and soup kitchens. This annual drive goes a long way in helping the area's less fortunate residents - especially during the holiday season. We urge the residents of Elkins and select surrounding communities to give generously to this worthwhile cause. The Scouting for Food program is just another example of local people helping other locals - a sentiment that has deep roots in our community. Scouts will be out all morning collecting donations. Items can be places in grocery bags and left in plain view for pickup.

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Boos to the West Virginia Head Start Collaboration Office and the federal government for eliminating the much-needed Head Start program in Tucker County. State officials axed the initiative because of a lack of federal funding. Due to automatic federal spending cuts, 461 classroom spots were eliminated in the Mountain State. Both federal and state governments stress the importance of education, but when it comes right down to it, learning always is sacrificed to support frivolous programs that carry little or no impact.

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Applause and congratulations to the city of Philippi on the opening of its new police headquarters on South Main Street. The police department is looking into the possibility of expanding the number of officers employed, which will ensure the city remains a safe and prosperous community.

 
 

 

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