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January 31, 1997

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To the majority of Washington County high school seniors who've completed their required 75 hours of public service, obeying the law and improving their community as well.

To anyone contemplating legal action to prevent Maryland from enforcing the community-service requirement. Do you really want to teach your child that laws apply only to those too poor to hire an attorney?

To George Gross, departing head of the Washington County Water and Sewer Department, for doing a good job for a department that's been under close scrutiny and severe criticism.

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To the Rev. Jesse Jackson, for saying that NBA officials are not only punishing Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman for kicking a cameraman, but taking away "his dignity." Reverend, Rodman gave that up voluntarily.

To the 100 Jefferson County, W.Va. residents who took the time to attend a town meeting with local police officials. Thanks for caring about the safety of your community.

To Del. Robert Baldwin, for his bill to change (yet again) the way student achievement is measured in Maryland. If the state never stops tinkering with these things, how will we ever find out what works and what doesn't?

To Capt. Rick Petry of the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department, for pulling a woman out of a burning mobile home and probably saving her life. Thanks Rick, for a job well done.

To Prince Georges County school officials for instituting a program called "Reading Recovery" that has raised more than eight of every 10 students classified as poor readers up to grade level or beyond! Can we borrow their blueprint?

To Charles Town, W.Va. Police Sgt. R.J. James and others in the department who run an Explorer post for young people interested in law enforcement. Thanks for your time.

To Maryland Del. Bruce Poole, for his effort to strengthen domestic abuse protective orders by seeking a bill to have those who kill women who've sought protection charged with first-degree murder.

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