Thumbs up, thumbs down

June 13, 1997

To Ryan Reid and Amanda Shifler, two Washington County youths who had the presence of mind to call 911 when their fathers were stricken with life-threatening illnesses.

To Maryland State Trooper First Class Dan Weaver of the Hagerstown barracks, for the work he and a partner did to win a three-day counter-sniper competition at Fort Meade. Somehow the win make us feel a little bit safer.

To Stephen Jones, Tim McVeigh's defense attorney, for hinting that executing McVeigh might lead to more violence. This attempt at intimidation should be soundly rejected.

To the Gallup Poll Organization, for its less-than-startling conclusion that more whites than blacks feel good about the state of U.S. race relations. The next news flash will probably involve the fact that the sky grows dark at night.


To the person or persons vandalizing the Brooklyn Park, N.Y. library by stuffing raw chicken livers in the book drop slot. Is this some sort of mafia code warning, like a horse head in bed?

To Jennifer Lushbaugh, the only Washington County senior to win a "Faces of the Future" award for her work as state president of the Health Occupations Student of America. Good luck at Liberty University this fall.

To Ben Beattie of Chambersburg, Pa., and other volunteers who are donating time and money to retsore the Chambers Fort water wheel on the Conococheague Creek.

To Gilbert R. Polasky, a Washington County veteran of World War II, who's been honored by the local Joint Veterans Council for 50 years of work on behalf of veterans and their concerns. We salute the former Coast Guard officer.

To the one dozen volunteers who spent eight hours June 7 wiring Chambersburg's South Hamilton Elementary School for new classroom computers. Thanks.

To the Washington County police and prosecutors who've joined the Pro Prosecution Initiative, a program to teach the justice system how to obtain domestic-violence convictions even when the victim doesn't want to testify.

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