Thumbs up to B. Marie Byers, for her fine performance as moderator of two Washington County candidate forums this past week. For two hours each night, she kept the proceedings running smoothly and professionally, enforcing the rules in a way that gave all candidates an equal chance to be heard. Byers also spent months helping to plan the events.
Thumbs up to the late W.E.B. DuBois and the late J.R. Clifford, among others, who in 1905 founded the Niagara Movement, which held its first meeting in 1906 at the campus of Storer College, now a part of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. The Niagara Movement set the stage for the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the civil rights movement.
Thumbs down to executives of The Legal Services Corp., a federal agency that provides legal help to the poor, for using agency funds for lavish dinners, chauffeured drives and fancy offices. The Associated Press learned that board members of the agency, which turns away half who seek its help, rewrote policy to double the amount they could claim for meals.