Thumbs up, thumbs down

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.


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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