Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Red Cross, its volunteers and everyone in the Mid-Ohio Valley who have donated money, time or items for the victims of this past Monday’s tornado in Moore, Okla. Once again the caring people in this area do not hesitate to come to the aid of others in need, even when those in need are approximately 1,500 miles away.

DOWN: To the Washington County Common Pleas Court for giving such a “slap on the wrist” to the former Marietta City Schools assistant treasurer who stole $145,000 from the school district over a five-year period. One hundred twenty days in jail, three years community control and being given three years to repay the funds is far too lenient.

UP: To the Memorial Day weekend, for most, a three-day weekend and while still spring, the unofficial beginning of the summer season.

UP: To all of the people responsible for putting on the W.Va. State Softball Tournament, held this past Wednesday and Thursday at Jackson Park in Vienna. Employees with the city of Vienna work long hours making sure the two-day tournament runs smoothly, and even the rain on Thursday did not slow things down. Congratulations to everyone who helps make this a wonderful two-day event for these athletes and their families.

UP: To the 21 local residents who graduated from the Citizens Police Academy. The residents met weekly for the past 10 weeks to become familiar with responsibilities faced by police officers every day. The class culminated Thursday with a mock trial. Another academy is being planned for the fall.

UP: To Williamstown High School eighth-grader Iram Kingson who will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee next week in Washington, D.C. It will be her second trip to the spelling bee, which is televised on the ESPN network. Congratulations to Kingson for the hard work that earned her this opportunity.