In the spirit of giving thanks this week, we present our picks for the all-cheers edition of “Cheers and Jeers:”

Proactive approach

Cheers to Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy, who has demonstrated a great example of how to fight something you don’t like. Unhappy with the outcome of the election, he decided he needed to do something more than gripe about Washington, D.C.’s growing hostility to coal. He took his message of coal to YouTube, including a pitch to ship coal to Asian markets. He said most people don’t realize the energy coal gives America. If we stop mining coal, even briefly, most would understand in a hurry.

Increased enrollment

Cheers to the University of Wyoming which just announced that petroleum engineering enrollment this fall is 219 students. That’s more than a 50 percent jump from last year’s number of 144. Graduates work in Wyoming, and have been pulled to North Dakota. This is precisely the kind of thing we’d expect and hope for Wyoming to be a leader in.

Cheers to the Wyoming All-State Marching Band which marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It marked the first time in almost 20 years since the Wyoming band traveled there. Hopefully, it won’t take another 20 for the next group of talented musicians.

Homecoming celebration

Cheers to all the folks who turned out to welcome home war hero Colton Sasser. The homecoming celebration was amazing and well deserved. As one letter writer lamented: It’s too bad we can’t do that for all the soldiers returning.

Reindeer Relay

Cheers to organizers of the first Reindeer Relay. It was a fantastic event. Everyone we talked with couldn’t say enough good things about this great kick-off to the holiday season.

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