UP: To the third annual Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff scheduled today from noon-3 p.m. at Point Park. The event, held by the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the Parkersburg Area Jaycees, will feature at least 39 chili cooks, many representing businesses and organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The cost is $15 a person and is well worth the price.
DOWN: To members of the U.S. Congress who have proven to be unequal to the task of governing. Americans are tired of the petty squabbles that constantly keep the people's business from getting done. There are signs the current budget crisis may come to an end, but we hope, in the future, Congress would work for the American people and not for a political party.
UP: To Parkersburg City Council for passing a resolution banning smoking within 15 feet of all playgrounds. It is not, as dissenting members of city council believe, a smokers' right issue, but a safety and cleanliness issue. Congratulations to council for this vote.
UP: To Gene and Joyce Wharton for their longtime support of Ohio Valley University. In honor of that support, the university's business school will be called the Gene and Joyce Wharton School of Business and Information Technology. According to the OVU board of trustees this was done to honor the Whartons in recognition of their gifts of time, labor, leadership, financial support and love.
UP: To the second phase of the W.P. Snyder Jr.'s multi-million dollar restoration project. The Snyder - the only remaining steam-powered sternwheel towboat in the United States - is on its way to Henderson, W.Va., for repairs to the pilot house, the repainting of the exterior and the replacement of metal plates on the main and boiler decks, as well as repairs to the electrical system. It is hoped the Snyder will be back at its familiar spot at the Ohio River Museum in time for its April opening.