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February 11, 2000

Thumbs up!Doris "Granny D" Haddock, the 90-year-old grandmother who's walking and skiing across the nation to back campaign reform. You're never too old to make a difference.

Thumbs up!To Maryland State Sen. Don Munson, for following up on the Arts and Entertainment District plan to bring school system's headquarters to downtown Hagerstown. It would add life to the center city, and provide better space than they have now.

Thumbs up!To the Berkeley County, W.Va. recycling center, which in only five years has upped collections to the point where more than 1 million pounds of goods were recycled last year.

Thumbs up!To Hagerstown's Mayor and Council, which this week approved creation of a two-person team to keep downtown clean. It may not seem like a big deal, but if the city wants to make visitors feel welcome, it must show them clean streets.

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Thumbs up!To the State of Maryland, which provided $650,000 to help with water and sewer improvements that will, among other things, begin to link Hagerstown and Washington County systems.

Thumbs up!To the Berkeley County Public Service District and others who successfully negotiated a water- service agreement to help residents of the village of Blairton, whose homes sit on land owned by a private quarry company.

Thumbs down!To every politician who's decided to "save" little Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez from Communist Cuba, conveniently forgetting, of course, that that's where the boy's father lives.

Thumbs up!To Maryland Del. John Arnick, D-Baltimore County, for his proposal to make it illegal to talk on the phone and drive and the same time. Driving is hard enough without the distraction of a cell phone in one hand.

Thumbs up!To Marion County, W.Va citizens who are volunteering to work as jail guards to help deal with an overcrowding situation there. Now that's above and beyond the call of duty.

Thumbs down!To West Virginia Del. Art Ashley, D-Kanawha, for his bill to abolish the managed timberland program, on the grounds it costs too much. Developing resources usually does cost cash in the short run, but it yields benefits later on.

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