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Thumbs up, thumbs down

January 28, 2000

Thumbs up!To the plow drivers, salt spreaders and truck drivers of state and local road agencies who kept Tri-state Area roads as clear as possible during the recent snow storm. Thanks.

Thumbs up!To Ira P. Kauffman Jr., the first announced candidate for the 2001 Hagerstown City Council race, for his pledge to oppose all closed meetings except those in which the council discusses firing or reprimanding an employee.

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To Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, for pledging $697,000 to plan a new University Systems of Maryland campus for downtown Hagerstown. With such help, this project will work.

Thumbs up!To the U.S. Plastic Lumber Co., for purchasing Clean Rock Industries of Hagerstown. After years spent battling neighbors over zoning, it's nice to see owner Vincent Iuliano and his family achieve financial security.

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Thumbs up!To Maryland Del. Chris Shank, for his proposal to enact a capital gains tax break for farmers who agree to preserve their land through preservation easements.

Thumbs down!To Maryland's Congressional representatives, who are sitting on the fence as the state's dairy farmers face a milk price squeeze that may put them out of business. This is a battle to preserve a way of life, and it's time to get tough.

Thumbs up!To Washington County's Economic Development Commission, for soliciting ideas on its goals for the year 2000 from a variety of civic activists, agency officials and business leaders.

Thumbs down!To President Clinton, for his one-goodie-for-everyone list of proposals in the State of the Union speech. Half as much talk, twice as much action and a lot of willpower and this guy might have made a great president.

Thumbs down!To everyone who's turned Elian Gonzales, the little Cuban boy whose mother drowned trying to escape from Cuba, into a political football. He's just 6, for Pete's sake!

Thumbs down!To the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed to challenge the way West Virginia is distributing its share of a nationwide tobacco settlement. If this isn't thrown out, it could leave a $57 million hole in the state's budget!

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