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Thumbs up, thumbs down

April 14, 2000

Thumbs up!To Lindsey Connelly, a 9-year-old cancer patient in Berkeley County, W.Va., whose extraordinary bravery in the face of her illness should be an inspiration to the entire region.

Thumbs up!To Richard Shoemaker, a Sharpsburg Pike resident who successfully delivered his daughter, Alyssa Dawn, with the help of instructions relayed to him by 911 dispatcher Shawn Hartsock. What a story to tell the child later!

Thumbs up!To 12-year-old Sarah Keely, a home-schooled eighth grader who recently became the only Washington County student to make the finals of the Maryland Geography Bee. Good job!

Thumbs down!To the Maryland General Assembly, which fumbled on what was apparently its only significant chance to provide tax relief by accelerating a previously passed income-tax cut. With a billion-dollar surplus, this should've been a no-brainer.

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Thumbs down!To the Hagerstown Planning Commission, for approving a development that will put 194 dwelling units on 36 acres, whose residents will exit in a two-lane stretch of Mt. Aetna Road.

Thumbs down!To the Washington County School Board, whose proposal for dealing with cuts in their budget was to ask the county commissioners to shift the cost of crossing guards and school nurses to other county departments. That should stir up some ill will.

Thumbs up!To Hagerstown City Engineer Bruce Johnston, for asking consultants to redo portions of a new traffic study of Wal-Mart's proposed Edgewood Drive site. Let's get this one right.

Thumbs up!To the Hagerstown City Council, for rejecting a proposal to hire a consultant to advise on downtown economic development and study problems real estate people have selling property there. This can be done in-house, at a much lower cost.

Thumbs up!To BioLinx, LLC, a Hagerstown bioscience company, for the work it did to win a grant for an early-detection system for cancerous tumors. May this be the first of many.

Thumbs up!To former Washington County Commissioner Ron Bowers, for his proposal that classes run by the University Systems of Maryland start downtown even before new classrooms are complete. He's right: Why lose the time construction will take?

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