Boos & Applause

Applause to Patrolman Tanner Collins, who was given the Meritorious Police Duty Award by Chief Matt Gregory at Thursday’s Buckhannon City Council meeting. The patrolman was called to the emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Jan. 9 to help with a juvenile who was suicidal. Collins talked to the youth, formed a bond with him and helped him get the help that he needed. “The type of compassion and concern demonstrated by Patrolman Collins during this incident is precisely the distinction of what meritorious conduct truly means,” Gregory said.

Applause to Elkins Main Street’s “The Community Table” event on Tuesday evening. Despite 20-degree temperatures, local residents came out to dine on soup in the middle of a blocked-off section of Davis Avenue in Elkins, enjoying a free meal sponsored by Beander’s Restaurant and Tavern, and Dominion Energy Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Members of the Old Brick Playhouse Apprentices read from the book “Stone Soup” — which inspired the “Community Table” event — as the soup was served and the diners enjoyed the meal.

Applause to The Sheltered Workshop Board of Directors, who presented Ron LaNeve with a plaque Wednesday in recognition of his 38 years of service to the board, from which he is retiring due to moving to Shinnston. Board members expressed their gratitude for LaNeve’s hard work and compassion during those four decades of service.

Applause to YouthBuild of North Central West Virginia, a local program that helps young people get an education and find a career. Michelle Phares, the program manager, introduced two of the program’s latest success stories to the Elkins Rotary Club this week. Erich Trickett and Zach Ankney were both elected to the program’s Policy Committee, to help write and enforce policy, and have earned an array of certificates, along with valuable job training and work experience, while participating in the program.

Boo to businesses and residents who don’t clean the snow and ice off their sidewalks after winter storms, such as the ones we’ve had in the past week. This lack of common courtesy can be much more than a nuisance for pedestrians — it can also be a health hazard. Imagine how bad you would feel if someone — say an elderly person — slipped on ice on your sidewalk and seriously injured themselves. This can also become a liability issue for businesses. For all the right reasons, let’s all do a better job of keeping our sidewalks clear.

Boo to Gov. Jim Justice’s suggestion, during his State of the State speech, that the state could take road repair funds from the “Roads to Prosperity” program. You will recall that it is funded primarily by a $1.6 billion bond issue approved by voters in 2017. You probably also remember that about $90 million of that money was said to be earmarked for Corridor H construction in Tucker County. Many West Virginians voted for the bond issue based on state officials’ promises about what road projects would be funded, and how much funding they would receive. If Justice’s suggestion comes to pass, and some of that road repair funding comes out of what was set aside as Corridor H construction money, it definitely won’t sit well with a lot of local voters.