Thumbs up, thumbs down

February 20, 1998

To Mark Schneider, an 18-year-old North Hagerstown High senior who overcame a devastating brain injury to rise to the rank of Eagle Scout. Congratulations.

To Del. Larry Faircloth of Berkeley County, W.Va., who bought supplies out of his own pocket to spruce up his state capitol office, even as some of his colleagues spent thousands in state cash to do the same thing.

To Del. Bob McKee of Washington County, Md., for his bill to prevent crooks who hurt themselves while robbing your home to sue you over their injuries. Let's see who's opposed to this.

To the Washington County Social Services, for seeking subpoena power to get parents to attend informal child-support conferences. Is voluntary cooperation likely if one or both parties have to be forced to attend?


To Hagerstown Councilman Wallace McClure, for noting that it's not the empty buildings that hurt downtown's image, but some of the characters who hang out there.

To some members of U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, who, according to the U.S. Olympic Committee, were involved in a hotel-trashing incident in which "American athletes damaged village property" after they lost a game.

To U.S. Cellular, for reconsidering its plan for a 260-foot cellular phone tower near Harpers Ferry, W.Va. A smaller tower near existing town water tanks will get a try.

To the Washington County Commissioners, for naming a committee to seek a county site for a veterans' nursing home. We agree with Bob Sweeney, head of the group redeveloping Fort Ritchie, that the fort may not be the best site.

To the CAP Jaycees, a group of Maryland Correctional Institution inmates who have raised $150,000 for dozens of local charities during the last 10 years. Thanks, guys.

To James Tolbert and other Jefferson County, W.Va. residents for their plan to renovate Fisherman's Hall on South West Street in Charles Town as a cultural center telling the history of local African-Americans.

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