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Thumbs up, thumbs down

July 14, 2000

Thumbs up, thumbs down



Thumbs up!To Quad/ Graphics, for its decision to invest $70 million and hire 700 new workers in Martinsburg, W.Va., to print National Geographic magazine. Thanks so much.

Thumbs up!To the Hagerstown Rotary Club's Charitable Foundation, which distributed $54,000 this month to more than 17 non-profit organizations in Washington County. Established in 1980, the foundation has given away $870,000 since then!

Thumbs up!To J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, for creating some excitement among young people about reading. Anything that breaks the stranglehold of TV and video games is good.

? ? ?To the Washington County Board of Education, for not talking about a plan to bus in 50 to 60 Allegany County students to Hancock to shorten the time they spend on the school bus. It's either doable or it's not; why the secrecy?

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Thumbs up!To John Hersh, long-time Assistant Hagerstown Fire Marshall, for the work he did on hunter safety programs that won him the Joe Ahern Memorial Award for 2000.

Thumbs up!To John Waltersdorf, former CEO of TriState Electric in Hagerstown, for the 18 years' service on the Maryland Symphony Orchestra board that garnered him a Governor's Arts Award. MSO makes beautiful music because of efforts like his.

Thumbs up!To the West Virginia State Supreme Court, for agreeing to consider whether or not the state's "budget digest" approach to spending state tax money is constitutional.

Thumbs up!To Mark Schnebly, a 21-year-old Clear Spring native, for the hard work that won him multiple awards at the National Guernsey Youth Banquet. His scientific approach and hard work are just what family farming needs.

Thumbs up!To all of the volunteers who make it possible to operate youth sports and other recreational activities in this region in the summer. Too seldom do we thank you.

Thumbs up!To Washington County School Superintendent Herman Bartlett Jr., who hasn't had a hike in his $105,000 salary since 1997, and who has turned down board proposals to up his pay. Yes, he makes good money, but some would seek more.

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