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February 07, 1997

To President Judge John Walker, for requiring Franklin and Fulton County, Pa. people who want to divorce to attend a class to show them how a split could harm their children.

To West Virginia State Trooper Carl Mahood, who was honored for making 138 drunk driving arrests in 1996, and all other police and fire/rescue personnel honored at the Martinsburg, W.Va. Elks' Lodge's third annual Law and Safety Day Banquet.

To the Basketball Hall of Fame, for once again ignoring the 43-year career of Mount Saint Mary's College Coach Jim Phelan. He's the fourth-winningest college coach in history!

To Maryland Del. Samuel Rosenberg, for introducing a bill that would allow police to issue citations for some minor crimes they now ignore because they don't have two hours to spend booking every disorderly conduct suspect.

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To Smithsburg resident Al Deal, who's made sure that new playground equipment at town parks is accessible to handicapped children. Thanks for remembering them, Al.

To Dalton Campbell, a 4-year old Indiana boy who crawled out of his family's wrecked car, then walked half a mile to a house where citizens called an ambulance which transported the boy's injured mother to a hospital.

To the Clear Spring Mayor and Council, for failing to approve a combined senior center/library for the town. This project's only been in the works for nine years.

To West Virginia State Police for refusing to release a videotape of a chase which ended with a young woman's death. The idea that a tape made in a police officer's car is not a "public record" is ludicrous.

To Maryland Del. Anita Stup, R-Frederick-Washington, who's smart enough to understand that milk price-support legislation is an economical way to preserve farmland.

To the Waynesboro School Board, for approving the start of a girls' junior-varsity soccer program at Waynesboro Area Senior High School. One of the most popular school sports will soon be on equal footing with boys' teams.

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