Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Paul A. Borrelli, owner of Artcraft Studio, for being named as one of 48 West Virginia History Heroes. Borrelli, a longtime member of the Wood County Historical Society, has generously provided historical photographs of Parkersburg’s past from his vast collection for many area businesses and publications. Also receiving this honor from our area are Roy H. Copen of Elizabeth, James and Janet Lockhart of Coolville, Ohio, and Kathie Reed and Frances Weekley of Friendly. The recipients will be recognized during the History Day program and ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 21 in the theater of the Culture Center in Charleston. Congratulations to all of the honorees from our area for helping to preserve our past so it can be appreciated by future generations.

UP: To Roane County native Deborah Hersman who is being touted as a possible new Secretary of Transportation for President Barack Obama. Hersman, the current chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, has the backing of Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D- W.Va., for the post. Hersman is extremely qualified and if nominated we wish her well.

UP: To Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell for his appointment to the National League of Cities 2013 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Advocacy Committee. The committee helps the league develop federal policy positions on natural resource issues. Congratulations to the mayor for this appointment.

DOWN: To the recent KIDS COUNT Data Book showing one in seven teen girls in West Virginia will give birth. The state ranks 40th in births to teen mothers. With this rank, the state is among the 10 highest numbered states in the nation for teen births. According to KIDS COUNT Executive Director Maggie Hale, the report is alarming because pregnant teens are much more likely to drop out of school, live in poverty and have babies that are less healthy.