Thumbs up, thumbs down

April 03, 1998

To Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, for adding his voice to those favoring a price-support plan to benefit the state's dairy industry, which needs help to prosper.

To five Washington County youths and nine students from West Viginia's Eastern Panhandle, whose knowledge of lands all around the world won them competitive spots in their respective states' Geography Bees.

To the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, for pushing new rules that may cost local companies up to 25 percent of their volunteers.

To Charles Sekula, marking 10 years as a restaurant owner in Hagerstown, a decade during which he's not only served up good food, but has also been a major force in downtown revitalization and tourism development.


To Bobby Lauver of Todd Amusements and Washington County Gaming Commission, for settling their differences and avoiding a costly and time-consuming court battle.

To consultants for Harold Webb Associates, who said that Washington County school officials' claims that they're overworked are "laudable," because it proves there aren't too many employees. But are there enough to do the job right?

To West Virginia Gov. Cecil Underwood, for his year-long attempt to bring more racial harmony to his state. It's an effort that's long overdue for all of the states.

To Maryland House of delegates, which voted the City of Hagerstown more money than it asked for to compensate for a 1996 law, which stealthily added millions to the city's pension debt. The relief is welcome indeed.

To U.S. Cellular, for agreeing to put its new cell tower near Harpers Ferry's Bolivar Heights water tank, instead of in the middle of an historic battllefield. Thanks.

To Maryland's House Judiciary Committee, for killing, for the second year in a row, a bill to impose civil penalties on those who harm police dogs. Is the committee saying that the taxpayers should get stuck with the full bill?

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