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Thumbs up, thumbs down

July 28, 2000

Thumbs up, thumbs down



Thumbs up!To Greencastle, Pa's Rescue Hose Co. No. 1, for providing reflective house number signs to nearby residents at a noiminal cost so ambulance drivers can locate patients more easily at night.

Thumbs up!To volunteers and the Berkeley County Ambulance Authority, for sitting down July 24 to discuss their differences. As authority chief Bill Wigel said, the top priority has to be the public and how they can best be served.

Thumbs down!To the person or persons who shot a bald eagle at Fort Loudon, Pa. in June, then cut off its talons. If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-472-8477. There's a total of $6,750 in rewards being offered now.

Thumbs up!To the Tennessee recycling firm who reacted to the Charles Town, W.Va. crash of one its trucks carrying a load of books by telling police to inform local schools and day care centers that they could have as many of the books as they could carry.

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Thumbs down!To members of a Maryland task force who are apprently getting cold feet over a plan to ban lobbyists from contributing to state lawmakers' political campaigns. Alaska did it, so why not Maryland?

Thumbs up!To the Rev., Ernest Lyles, for the 11 years he spent developing ways to make the college more inviting to minority students at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown., W.Va. Ethnic enrollment went from 3.2 to 8 percent during his time there.

Thumbs up!To Washington County government, for agreeing to adopt a debt policy that will annually review what the county owes before contemplating any additional expenditures.

Thumbs down!To those on Chambersburg's Borough Council resisting the idea of letting two members who will be out of town August 9 participate in a vote via telephone conference call. Hey, it's a new millenium, and state law apparently allows it.

? ? ?To anyone who paid $9.95 to ask O.J. Simpson questions on an Internet web site. Is anything he could possibly say worth $10, except of course for an announcement that he's found the real killer?

Thumbs up!To the Hagerstown City Council members who want an open-session vote on City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman's pay raise. Maybe then they can find out why the mayor hasn't scheduled a personnel evaluation of Zimmerman.

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