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 Davis & Elkins College, which is celebrating a milestone this weekend with the dedication of two completely refurbished athletic facilities. D&E has made amazing strides during the last five years, and these activities are further proof that the school is a treasure of our community.
Applause to the many employees and officials of the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad and the Elkins Train Depot, who kept the local tourism train industry running smoothly this week following last Friday's tragic wreck in southern Randolph County. The crash, involving a logging truck and the Cheat Mountain Salamander excursion train, resulted in the death of the truck driver and 23 injuries. It's difficult to keep spirits up after such an event, but these workers did just that this week, helping passengers on and off the trains with a smile. That kind of positive attitude is essential to continuing Elkins' growth as a tourism destination.
Applause - or at least a half-hearted "Way to go ... finally" - to the Congress and President Barack Obama for working together to end the 16-day federal government shutdown Wednesday night, just before the midnight deadline. We'd like to think this will usher in a new spirit of cooperation among our elected officials, but who are we kidding? Like most Americans, we've become cynical about our leaders and their ability to govern. We can, however, at least breathe a sigh of relief that the government can continue to pay its bills ... on credit ... for now.
Boo to forecasts of snow next week. We booed the same thing last weekend and look what happened - no snow this week! So we're going to boo the arrival of winter once again, hoping that somehow it will help ward off the snow for a little while longer. Like the commercial says, "It's only crazy if it doesn't work."