Thumbs Up - To the late William L. "Bill" Mason, for his many years of public service, first as a Washington County Sheriff's deputy and later as personnel director of the City of Hagerstown. He'll be missed.
Thumbs Down -To the Maryland Health Care Commission, for eliminating the requirement that small businesses that offer health insurance include prescription durg plans. About 450,000 citizens could lose such coverage.
Thumbs Up - To Larry Iseminger, president of the Funkstown Volunter Fire Co. and a 36-year volunteer, for writing a company history to celebrate its 75th anniverary. Copies cost $22 at the fire station, or by mail at Funkstown VFD, P.O. Box 670, Funkstown, MD 21734.
Thumbs Up - To the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, for its new program that could give prospective homebuyers up to $15,000 toward the purchase of a home. It's badly needed.