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November 07, 1997

Thumbs up, thumbs down

To the Tri-state area's veterans, who risked life and limb to preserve the American way of life. Just because we have peace now, we shouldn't forget their great sacrifices.

To South Hagerstown High's Samantha Mertz, who agreed to appear in a video and talk about the rare form of breast cancer that struck her when she was just 15. Thanks for sharing, so that others might be educated.

To VORtech, a new Washington County non-profit group that will offer free computer advice, and recycle old equipment into new systems for the needy. Is there an old computer in your closet?

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To Dan Rooney, Pittsburgh Steelers' presiddent, for acknowledging that the campaign for a sales tax to build a new stadium failed because it was "the most disorganized thing I've been connected with." No alibis, just fact.

To retiring Williamsport High School Principal James Hardin, for doing what he thought was right and not backing down, even when doing so might have made life easier.

To the Maryland Racing Commission, for its decision to reject a plan to put an off-track betting parlor on a site north of Hagerstown. There are many ways to gamble here, and in most cases, charity gets a big share.

To Jefferson County, W.Va. voters who declined the knee-jerk, "no more taxes" approach and approved a special levy that will provide $6.9 million a year to local schools.

To members of the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, who've persevered for 10 years in their quest to build an exhibition that would preserve much of the area's railroad heritage. Your dogged persistence is much appreciated.

To Maryland State Police, who recently stopped a fleeing motorist with "stop sticks," which slowly deflate vehicles' tires. Shouldn't all police agencies have these things?

To Saddam Hussein, for once again stirring up trouble in the Middle East. The next time the U.S. takes action against this regime, the tanks shouldn't stop rolling until Saddam is stripped of all of his power.

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