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February 04, 2000

Thumbs up!To Berkeley County's Historical Society, for acquiring and restoring the house of Belle Boyd, a Confederate spy during the Civil War. Thanks for saving this historic treasure.

Thumbs up!To Susquehanna Bancshares and Garden State Tanning, for their announcements that they plan to add 225 jobs in the near future, positions that will average more than $12 an hour. This will only serve to strengthen the economy.

Thumbs up!To Pennsylvania state Rep. Allan Egolf, who's introducing a bill to charge parents for the cost of alternative education for those students who are expelled from public schools.

Thumbs up!To Washington County's general Assembly delegation members, for agreeing to write their own plan to finance a new minor league baseball stadium, and pay off the county's sewer debt. They're taking on one big job.

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Thumbs down!To Washington County's Commissioners, for failing (again) to make solving the fire/rescue funding issue one of their top goals for 2000. You guys do think it can be solved, don't you?

Thumbs up!To the Washington County Commissioners, for their pledge to see that the new University Systems of Maryland campus has enough parking and security to make students feel secure about being downtown at night. Amen.

Thumbs up!To the Maryland State Highway Administration, which plans to turn on a new traffic light synchronization plan for Hagerstown two weeks early. Finally, order from chaos.

Thumbs up!To Maryland Delegates Chris Shank and Joseph Bartlett, for introducing bills to make it easier to preserve farmland and enhance farms' profitability. Now if you could just get Maryland into that Northeast Dairy Compact...

Thumbs down!To New Jersey Appellate Court Judge Len Arnold, who ruled that a golfer whose shot accidentally hit another player is liable for damages. Is there anything people won't litigate?

Thumbs up!To the Downtown Hagerstown Chapter of Neighborhoods First, for its proposal to hold a carnival at the old fairgrounds, then use the proceeds to purchase and renovate property. A novel idea, and one that we hope will work.

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