Thumbs up to Spc. Corey J. O'Connor, a 2004 graduate of Waynesboro (Pa.) Area High School, for his willingness to serve his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army in July 2004. O'Connor was injured in Iraq on Jan. 5, when an IED (improvised explosive device) blew up near the Humvee he was riding in. He was almost certainly saved by a medic's quick action and now faces months of recovery. Get well soon, please.
Thumbs up to former Baltimore Orioles' star Cal Ripken Jr., for the humble, workmanlike way he played the game for 21 years. In contrast to some of the egocentric players in today's game, Ripken was a role model for many youngsters and often stayed after games to provide free autographs, both in Baltmore and on the road. He richly deserved election to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame.
Thumbs down to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, for his failure to include funds to keep teachers in border areas such as the Eastern Panhandle from being lured away by higher salaries in other states. Manchin said his goal is to see that no teacher in the state makes less than $30,000. In this area, where property prices have soared, that's just not enough.