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June 27, 1997

To Tracy Collins, a senior at South Hagerstown High School, whose hard work won her the first $500 award of the Sherry Koontz Memorial Scholarship.

To Citicorp Credit Services and the 150 volunteers who've put together a program to aid seven local non-profit groups during the Washington County United Way's sixth annual Day of Caring. Thanks for everything, folks.

To the Town of Smithsburg, which won one of only 10 awards given by the U.S. Conference of Mayors' and Waste Management, Inc. in the 1997 City Livability Awards program.

To the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled assisted suicide is unconstitutional while attempts to control Internet smut are a violation of free speech. Whether or not you agree with the idea, isn't suicide also a form of self-expression?

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To U.S. Sen. John Glenn, for applying to take another ride in space while the joint probe of campaign finance violations he co-chairs falls apart. Your duty is here on earth, senator.

To all those people who'll complain about the next Washington County Schools Superintendent, but who didn't take the time to attend a public hearing this week on what qualities and priorities he or she should have.

To Maryland prison officials who cancelled a scheduled radio interview with condemned killer Flint G. Hunt. Why? "We're not going to say why," said spokesman Leonard Sipes.

To the Jefferson County, W.Va. Commissioners, who agreed to allow the excavation of topsoil at the county fairgrounds to cap the county's closed landfill, and are now surprised by the ugly landscape that resulted. Well, duh.

To the Washington County Convention and Visitors' Bureau, for moving forward with plans to make tourism a real force in the local economy. It's long overdue.

To those who vandalized three schools in Berkeley County, W.Va. If anyone can explain to us what satisfaction is derived from such mindless activity, please do. No doubt when caught they'll claim they had "nothin' to do."

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