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April 28, 2000

Thumbs up!To Kristine McGee, a fifth grade teacher at Boonsboro Elementary School, for the hard work and inspiring method that won her Honors as Washington County Teacher of the Year.

Thumbs up!To the Hagerstown City Council, for its decision to buy a sidewalk sweeping machine, for use by two part-timers who are being hired to keep the downtown area clean. The sooner they start to work, the better it will be.

Thumbs up!To the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, for its ruling that West Virginia landfills can't accept more than 10,000 tons of waste per month if county residents vote against the idea in a referendum.

Thumbs down!To the Jefferson County residents who are trying to turn the Hunt Field controversy into a battle between older residents and recent arrivals. When a developer proposes 3,300 dwellings, the community had better deal with it together.

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Thumbs down!To Miami Mayor Joe Carollo, for dimissing the city's manager who refused to fire the police chief who didn't give the mayor advance notice of the Elian Gonzalez raid. As if a politician would have helped in that situation.

Thumbs up!To Maryland State Trooper Jay Robinson, for the heads-up police work that not only got him named the Hagerstown barracks' Trooper of the Year, but also garnered similar honors from Maryland State Police Alumni Association.

? ? ?To U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Sixth, who questioned during a tour of a local elementary school whether smaller class sizes really make a difference. That was a joke, wasn't it?

Thumbs up!To Kim Sencindiver, one of West Virginia's 12 Women of the Year, for the volunteer services she and her team of canines provides to help police search for missing persons and for evidence in criminal cases.

Thumbs down!To those pet owners in the Fox Glen subdivision near Charles Town, W.Va., who are allowing their dogs to run loose and terrorize the neighborhood. Try a leash, please.

Thumbs up!To the Berkeley County, W.Va. commissioners for declining to to join a legal action in which one government agency's opposing another. When government agencies go to court, it's the taxpayers who pay both sides' legal bills.

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