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Thumbs up, thumbs down

June 09, 2000

Thumbs up!To Phil Ridenour, chosen Washington County employee of the year for establishing a fire and rescue department at the Hagerstown Regional Airport. Thanks, Phil!

Thumbs up!To the Martinsburg, W.Va. Police Department and the Sparks Sport Center, for making hundreds of gun locks available free of charge as part of the kick-off of Project HomeSafe. Check with local police if you need one.

Thumbs up!To U. S. Senators Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and Herb Kohl, D-Wisc., for introducing a bill that would provide dairy farmers with additional aid to compensate for falling milk prices.

Thumbs down!To U.S. District Judge Sylvia Rambo, for criticizing the National Park Service for allowing a private company to demolish the Gettysburg battlefield tower for free so they can film the destruction for a commercial. It saves taxpayers $1 million, judge.

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Thumbs down!To whoever advised Hagerstown Suns' General manager David Blenckstone to threaten to sell the team if the issue of a new stadium is put to referendum. And that was supposed to do what?

Thumbs up!To Jean Wainwright, 78, for completing 10 years as a volunteer with Food Resources, Inc. Brad Sell, the agency's executive director, says she normally volunteers 20 to 25 hours a week, but sometimes works twice that many hours!

Thumbs up!To the City of Hagerstown's code enforcement staff, who've volunteered to tour a downtown neighborhood June 21 to look for property code violations. Let's clean up this city in 2000!

Thumbs up!To Hagerstown Police Officer Robert Hart, for his 35 years of service to the city police department. We agree with City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman, who called him "the essence of police professionalism."

Thumbs up!To Jonathan McGee, a Boonsboro High School senior who won a regional first place in the Physics Bowl, correctly answering 34 of 40 questions. The national average is only 15.

Thumbs down!To the State of Pennsylvania, which is paying a consulting company $6 million to oversee expressway design work despite a $1.6 million mistake in ordering concrete beams too long for a suburban Pittsburgh bridge. It's only money, right?

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