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December 10, 1999

Thumbs up!To Robert McCusker and members of VFW Post 10502, who have spent decades raising money for a memorial to Hancock-area veterans of the U.S. armed forces. We salute you.

Thumbs up!To the First Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the Northeast Dairy Compact, which is Maryland dairy farmers' best hope for getting a fair price for their product. Without it, prices could fall below the cost of production.

Thumbs up!To all Washington County residents who collected 41,437 pounds of food in the annual Bags of Plenty food drive. That's a full ton of food more than was donated during last year's event!

Thumbs up!To Washington Township Supervisor Richard Eigenbrode, for switching his vote and opposing the rezoning of Afton Farms, a 103-acre property surrounding the historic Harbaugh Church, whose cemetery dates to the Civil War.

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Thumbs up!To Maryland's Court of Special Appeals, for its ruling ending the seven-year court battle over the zoning of Clean Rock Industries near Funkstown. Hopefully, as the court said, this puts the matter to rest.

Thumbs down!To the Washington County State's Attorney's office, for prosecuting Ricky Hockensmith, ordered to stay away from National Little League's Frederick Street field after he campaigned against league officials.

What about free speech?

Thumbs up!To the 17 Shepherd College students who've spent Saturday mornings since September teaching Hispanic inmates at the Roxbury prison complex how to speak English. For honest work, it's essential.

Thumbs up!To members of a joint Hagerstown/Washington County committee studying ways in which the two governments' sewer departments can work together. It's not a glamorous subject, but it has the potential to save taxpayers plenty.

Thumbs up!To Norman Stamper, who resigned as police chief in Seattle after violent protests caused $20 million in damage to the city's downtown. For once, someone who accepts blame for their own mess.

Thumbs up!To the Hagerstown City Council, for its preliminary approval of a lease/purchase deal for Discovery Station, an interactive children's science museum which will be built in a now-vacant city-owned warehouse.

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