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Thumbs up, thumbs down

December 19, 1997

upTo all of the people in the Tri-state area who are volunteering their time and money to make sure that needy families and their children have a happy holiday celebration.

upTo the Friends Advancing Intercultural Relations and the Jefferson County NAACP, for their sponsorship of a Dec. 13 forum on race relations. Racial discord is a major issue facing our society, and any effort to solve it is welcome.

downTo U.S. Cellular, for its proposal to put a 260-foot cell phone tower near historic Harpers Ferry, W.Va. We can't believe this thing can't be camouflaged or moved to another site.

downTo the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, for its fight to evict a non-denominational group from the chapel at Eyler's Valley, where they are (horrors!) holding candlelight services.

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upTo Annajean Bitner, the Washington County government insurance coordinator, for saving $55,000 on the upcoming year's policy for the county's fire/rescue association. Thanks!

downTo Frank Kollman, the Washington County Commissioners' labor attorney, for urging the commissioners to rule on their own that a county union has engaged in unfair labor practices. That's the mediator's call.

upTo Jim Baker, owner of Hoffman's Clothiers Inc. in downtown Hagerstown, for agreeing to work on the board of the Maryland Theatre, which needs all the help it can get.

upTo the Women's Business Institute and the Hagerstown Junior College Technical Innovation Center, for sponsoring courses to help women in local business write business plans and deal with issues related to expanding their firms.

upTo Salem Avenue Elementary school teacher Alan Zube, who puts in many hours of his own time servicing computers and helping students solve problems with them.

upTo NBC-TV news anchor Tom Brokaw, for making it clear that newly-hired personality and former talk show host Geraldo Rivera won't be appearing on the nightly news. Finally, someone stands up for quality journalism.

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