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Boos & 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 candidates for state and county offices who took part in Monday’s Meet the Candidate Forum in Philippi. The May 13 primary election is fast approaching, and events like Monday’s forum provide a great venue for learning candidates’ positions on issues, and also give voters a chance to ask candidates questions face to face.

Applause to Davis Medical Center’s hardworking volunteers, who were honored during a special ceremony Thursday. Longtime volunteer Betty Patton was praised for volunteering an astounding 8,000 hours.

Applause to all the winners at the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner Wednesday. The Chamber gala salutes the many praiseworthy businesses, organizations and individuals in Randolph County each year. We salute this year’s winners!

Boo to a disturbing trend: this week’s rash of arrests for alleged sexual assaults of teenagers. In the past few days, a Pocahontas County High School teacher was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old student at the school; a 21-year-old Huttonsville man was charged with allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl; and a 36-year-old Clarksburg woman was arrested for allegedly sending nude pictures of herself to a 14-year-old boy. Such incidents certainly don’t allow parents to rest any easier these days.

Boos & 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 many volunteers who helped make the 20th annual Hooked on Fishing Not On Drugs Expo a reality last weekend at Elkins High School. The beloved event featured more than 50 exhibits for the hundreds of youngsters who attended.

Applause to Dr. James Phares, who announced his retirement this week after 15 months as the state superintendent of schools. Phares, the former superintendent of Randolph County schools, won high prize from legislators and state Board of Education members for his service in Charleston. Perhaps the state board – which hired an Iowa firm this week to conduct a national search for a superintendent – should have kept Phares in the post instead of looking for someone else.

Applause to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for signing a bill this week designed to help fund the official closure of the Elkins-Randolph County Landfill. Delegate Denise Campbell, D-Randolph, was the lead sponsor of the bill, which may end the financial hardships the landfill has created for the city of Elkins.

Boo, however, to the governor for another of his recent decisions, his veto of bills that would have revised the state budget to allocate funding for agencies that provide services for children and victims of domestic violence. Tomblin is now being taken to task publicly by some critics for deciding to wipe away the hard work legislators put in trying to provide the much-needed funding. We understand that crafting a budget means making difficult decisions, but aren’t there other, less vital allocations that can be cut?