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July 23, 1999

Thumbs up!To the 11-year-old Hagerstown girl who had the presence of mind to grab her 3-year-old sister and exit her smoke-filled West Side Avenue home last Sunday. Heroes come in all ages.

Thumbs up!To Washington County School Board member Andrew Humphreys, for saying that when it comes to reading material, the school board should trust the professional judgment of its staff. He's right; if they can't be trusted, why hire them?

Thumbs down!To the Hagerstown officials who promised to support the steering committee's site decision for a new University of Maryland campus, then began lobbying (again) for a downtown site.

? ? ?To Washington County Health Officer Dr. Robert Parker, whose plan to put health centers in local schools to combat drug abuse and teen pregnancy has an estimated $200,000 start-up cost. How much annually after that, doctor?

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Thumbs down!To the person or persons who stole the painted bulldog mascot from the gym floor in Waynesboro's old East Junior High. A memory that should have been for all was taken by one.

Thumbs down!To TWA Airlines, for refusing to kick in cash for the reconstruction of Flight 800, even though the federal government will use the recovered parts of the crashed plane for research that may make all airline travel safer.

Thumbs down!To Baltimore Oriole Albert Belle, who waived his no-trade clause after he made an obscene gesture at a fan. Maybe such stuff is okay in New York, but it's not the Oriole way.

Thumbs up!To the Washington County Commission of Aging, for its proposal to begin a discount prescription drug plan for senior citizens. A funding source is unclear, but the need to help some elderly folks with medicine costs is indisputable.

Thumbs up!To the Chambersburg, Pa. Transit Authority, which has found a way to extend its shoppers' trolley service to Sunday, with downtown stores paying the costs!

Thumbs down!To all of the talking heads yapping on TV about how John F. Kennedy Jr.'s death leaves Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg in charge of carrying on the family's legacy. And if she just wants a private life, that's not OK?

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