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May 30, 1997

To all of the veterans whose sacrifices preserved the way of life Americans now enjoy, and those who work to make certain that, in our comfort, we don't forget their great gift to us.

To Joshua Neumann, a Smithsburg Middle School student whose inventive speech on the Bill of Rights won the Modern Woodmen of America oratory contest. He says he's wanted to be president since the second grade.

To the U.S. Congress, for its professed concern about air quality at the same time it allows Amtrak, a passenger rail service that carries 20 million people a year, to drift toward bankruptcy.

To former Washington County Circuit Judge John Corderman, who apparently lost his job as attorney general of the island nation of Palau for the right reasons - trying to end corruption and drug production.


To Pennyslvania's Department of Transportation, for persisting in trying to turn the quaint town square of Waynesboro, Pa. into an ugly stop on an urban freeway.

To the Maryland University bug researcher who warned this week that flea collars made for dogs won't work well on humans. The next news flash will probably be that a cat litter box is not a good substitute for a flush toilet.

To Hagerstown's Jonathan Street community, for its "lights on" demonstration against drug dealing last weekend. Working together, we can make the bad guys feel unwelcome.

To Hagerstown's Council, for turning down Mayor Bob Bruchey's request to be sworn in at 6 p.m. so he could see his son play youth baseball. Setting a tone of cooperation now is more important than what the charter says.

To Harry Stepler of Chambersburg, Pa., who's painted 82 streetlights and signs this year as a volunteer service to his town. Thanks, Harry, for all your help.

To Aaron Short, a 20-year-old who returned to South Hagerstown High after four years of lackluster academic performance, with the help of mentor Jim Poffenberger, to become an honor roll student. Good job!

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