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Thumbs up, thumbs down

February 25, 2000

Thumbs up!To Washington County Health Systems, Inc., for its plan to create a community fund to promote improved health for the disadvantaged in this community. Thanks.

Thumbs down!To Washington County's General Assembly delegation members who say they need more answers on funding before they can vote on a stadium plan. If they're backing off the plan, fine. But the information has been out there for months.

Thumbs up!To the late Nick Breach, a 14-year-old Camp Hill, Pa. cancer patient who, instead of feeling sorry for himself, made plans to donate his organs and persuade others to do so as well.

Thumbs up!To Pat Wolford, executive director of Hagerstown's Maryland Theatre and her board of directors, for bringing the theater back from the brink of financial disaster in just three years. Downtown's crown jewel shines again.

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Thumbs up!To Rep. Clay Shaw, R-Fla. head of the U.S. panel on Social Security committee, for his proposal to eliminate the program's earning limits for working citizens who are age 65 to 69.

Thumbs down!To the People's Republic of China, which can barely deal with its present population, now rattling the saber and threatening to absorb Taiwan. None of the kid-glove treatment the U.S. gave China on trade apparently made any difference.

Thumbs up!To the Washington County State's Attorney, for his decision to drop trespass charges against a Little League dad who'd been barred from the ballpark. Prosecute the real crooks.

Thumbs down!To Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve and all the people for whom higher salaries for U.S. workers is somehow a cause for alarm. Are stock traders the only ones who are supposed to profit in this booming economy?

Thumbs down!To West Virginia State Schools chief Hank Marockie, for claiming an independent auditor had cleared up questions about his expenses, then declining to name the auditor.

Thumbs up!To. Maryland Del. Rushern Baker, D-Prince George's, for the best explanation of why public money shouldn't go to support private schools: "Today, it's textbooks. Tomorrow, it will be something else."

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