Thumsbs up, thumbs down

May 05, 2000

Thumbs up!To Jane Pope, who spends up to four days a week at the Paramount Elementary School, helping struggling students with reading, a feat that won her the JC Penney Golden Rule Award.

Thumbs up!To Dwight Scott, retired athletic director at Boonsboro High School, who's spearheading an effort to raise thousands of dollars to replace the high school's deteriorating outdoor track, which is 25 years old.

Thumbs up!To Karl Sandstrom, a member of the Federal Election Commission, for his proposal to require those placing ads praising or attacking federal candidates to reveal their identities. Seems fair.

Thumbs down!To whichever Hagerstown officials decided it would be a good idea to give cash and the old Municipal Stadium site to the Groh Trust for a new stadium site near the Center at Hagerstown. With their holdings, why would they want it?


Thumbs up!To the Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000, for its $25,000 grant to the City of Hagerstown, to preserve the entrance building to the old Hagerstown Fairgrounds. Thanks.

Thumbs up!To Gateway, Inc., for its plan to sell historically black colleges discounted computers, then put 2 percent of the cash aside for scholarships at those institutions. The idea should help bridge the so-called "digital divide" between the races.

Thumbs up!To the U.S. Senate, which approved a measure which would allow school districts to provide merit-pay incentives to some of their teachers. We've tried everything else, so let's give this a shot.

Thumbs up!To Matthew Hockensmith, an Eagle Scout and the scouts of Chambersburg Troop No. 138, for the work they did to create the Franklin, County, Pa. EcoPark, a memorial to Devoy Unger, a 14-year-old Scout who died last year.

Thumbs up!To the citizens of West Virginia who recently told pollsters that they wanted money from a multi-million-dollar tobacco settlement spent on anti-smoking education programs.

Thumbs down!To all the pundits pointing to the Elian Gonzalez raid as evidence the U.S. is becoming a police state. In a police state, there wouldn't be any discussion allowed about whether it was right or wrong, or, heaven help us, Congressional hearings.

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