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Thumbs up, thumbs down

January 14, 2000

Thumbs up!To Vivian Marshall of Hagerstown, mother of the late Desmar Artis, killed May 20 in a street shooting, for her willingness to forgive her son's killer. Few would be so generous.

Thumbs down!To Michael Williams, the 20-year-old convicted killer of Desmar Artis. On the day of his sentencing, Williams was still making excuses for his crime by saying the victim had behaved inappropriately toward his sister. And that merited a death sentence?

Thumbs up!To all of the contributors in the Tri-State Area who made this year's Salvation Army kettle collection drive a success. All that loose change adds up to a lot of good works for the needy.

Thumbs up!To Karen Johnston and Sharon Palm, two teachers at Boonsboro Elementary School, for the work they did to become Washington County's first nationally certified teachers. Applying cost $2,500 and required 400 hours' worth of work.

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Thumbs up!To the 70 firefighters from 14 Tri-State Area companies who battled a Jan. 9 fire that damaged five historic properties in the heart of Clear Spring. Thanks so much.

Thumbs up!To the Hagerstown Suns and the American Civil Liberties Union, for agreeing to settle a suit involving the Suns' granting of a discount to those who presented a church bulletin at the ticket window. Now any bulletin is okay.

Thumbs down!To the technician at a Funkstown veterinarian's office who refused to treat an injured cat rescued by three firefighters until they dug into their own pockets for the $70 fee.

? ? ?To the Hagerstown city government, which for years has been trying to get big trucks to bypass downtown, but is now eliminating downtown taxi stands to make it easier for big trucks to turn down city streets. Are we missing something here?

Thumbs down!To the Mercersburg Borough Council, for apparently disregarding their own guidelines in hiring a new borough manager. Reversing this decision now is going to be easy.

Thumbs up!To the U.S. Army Base Realignment and Closing Commission, for its one-time grant of $302,189 to the Washington County school system to offset the financial impact of the closing of Fort Ritchie. Every little bit helps.

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