Boos and Applause

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.

Applause to the free Heart Healthy forum presented Thursday by Davis Medical Center. The event was an opportunity for Davis Health officials to engage and educate the community about living a heart-friendly lifestyle as part of the Center’s Healthy Heart Month

Applause to one of our favorite things – Girl Scout cookies – but boo to the news that cookie sales are significantly down this year. Officials said this week Girl Scout cookie sales are down 25 percent from this time last year, and local troops are losing $569 which goes toward travel, programs, community service projects and more. We urge readers to help out in the most pleasurable way possible – by buying and eating those delicious cookies.

Applause to the 40 Cans For 40 Days program. The Knights of Columbus 603 are asking folks to donate 40 canned goods or non-perishable items to the Catholic Charities West Virginia food bank for the 40 days of Lent.

Boo to homelessness becoming an increasing problem in our region. The Rev. Alicia Rapking, the executive director of the Upshur Parish House, told the Upshur County Commission this week her organization is currently spending about 30 percent more helping transient or homeless people than two years ago. She also said in the last two years about 600 new households have been added to the database of Crosslines, an ecumenical help agency housed in the Upshur Parish House. “(Homelessness) is becoming more and more something we deal with on a weekly basis,” Rapking said. Boo to that reality, but applause to the Parish House, Crosslines and the other local agencies combatting the problem.