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Thumbs up, thumbs down

July 09, 1999

Thumbs up!To Ashley Newcomer, a 7-year-old Hagerstown girl, for demonstrating that kids can make a difference by going door-to-door to raise $350 for the city's Community Free Clinic.

Thumbs up!To Harlan Bayer, 77, of Waynesboro, Pa. for spending the last nine years using his expertise as a homebuilder helping former President Jimmy Carter build homes all over the world with the group called Habitat for Humanity.

Thumbs down!To the Washington County school system, for its apparent inability to settle on one location from which to provide special education services. Pick a site and provide stability, please.

Thumbs up!To the Washington County school system, for reconstituting the citizens' budget advisory committee that was disbanded this past January. Knowledgeable citizens have provided needed input through this group in past years.

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Thumbs down!To Common Sense 911, for continuing to challenge to the street-renaming system designed to help fire/rescue crews avoid confusion. For safety's sake, try to live with this change.

Thumbs down!To the U.S. Navy officials who think the time may be right to restore official recognition to the Tailhook Association. If you've forgotten what happened eight years ago in Las Vegas, maybe you would think it's time. We haven't.

Thumbs down!To Washington County General Assembly delegation members who said this week that the county must raise income and property taxes before they'll back a sales tax hike.

Thumbs down!To U.S. military officials who admit that they've lost track of $2.7 billion worth of military property that was supposed to be sold or otherwise disposed of. They suspect clerical errors rather than theft, which doesn't make us feel better.

Thumbs up!To Nathan Needy of Boonsboro, a 20-year-old resident who won two bronze medal and two bowling ribbons at the Special Olympics World Games last week. Go Nathan!

Thumbs up!To U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, for her pledge to help Washington County secure a National Transportation Safety Board project and a big chunk of land for economic development at the former Fort Ritchie.

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