DOWN: To the tea party Republicans in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who during the government shutdown allowed their hatred for President Barack Obama's health care law to threaten the economy. Only when faced with the possibility of going over the fiscal cliff, did reason seem to prevail. Even in Wednesday's deadline vote, 144 Republicans in the House - including Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio - showed they were willing to put their agenda ahead of average Americans by voting no.
UP: To the U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle, including Joe Manchin, who worked tirelessly during the budget crisis to help craft a solution. While bipartisanship in Washington, D.C., may be on life support, these lawmakers proved it is not yet dead.
UP: To longtime firefighter James Reynolds, who was recognized this week by the Capt. James Neal chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for his longtime service to his community. Reynolds has been a firefighter for more than three decades. He retired as a captain with the Parkersburg Fire Department in 2006, and promptly joined the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department the next year. Currently, he is a member of the Blennerhassett Volunteer Fire Department as well as serving as an EMT with the unit. He also is an instructor at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. As Capt. James Neal chapter said of Reynolds, "He knows everything, does everything." Congratulations to Reynolds for a well-deserved honor.
UP: To the wives of area law enforcement officers who are holding a food drive to help needy families in the area. Between now and Nov. 14 the wives, whose group is called Law Enforcement Wives of Wood County, are asking people to donate food items with the goal of providing food for area families at Thanksgiving. Drop-off locations are located all around Wood County and include, all Parkersburg fire stations, the Parkersburg Police Department and substations, the Parkersburg City Building and Mayor Bob Newell's office, the Williamstown City Building, Vienna City Building, Vienna Volunteer Fire Department station and Judge Black Courthouse Annex in the tax office.