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thumbs up, thumb down 8/12/00

August 11, 2000

Thumbs up, thumbs down 8/12



Thumbs up!To Ted and Vicki Bodnar and all the Neighborhoods First people who worked to put together Festival 2000, to raise money to renovate historic buildings at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

Thumbs up!To the Washington County Board of Education, for working out a deal to spare 45 Allegany County students to attend Washington County schools, cutting the time they spend on a school bus by an average of 45 to 90 minutes.

Thumbs up!To former Maryland state Del. Paul Muldowney, for reminding us with his change of politicial party affiliation that those who carefully craft their words can capture our attention, no matter what they do.

Thumbs up!To Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Sixth, for his purchase of a Toyota Prius, a gas-electric hybrid car that gets 52 miles per gallon, while polluting less than any other four-door sedan on the market. Good leaders should be good examples, too.

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Thumbs up!To Virginia Circuit Judge Thomas Sharick, for sentencing a probation violator to march in front of the parole and probation office, with a sign that described his offense. What a novel idea.

? ? ?To the Washington County Facilities Task Force, for deciding that 400 to 500 students is the best size for an elementary school. Pardon us, but what research backs up this assertion, and how was the conclusion reached so quickly?

Thumbs down!To the politicians and pundits trying to make this presidential race into a referendum on Presidential Clinton's sexual misbehavior. He sinned greatly, but he's not on the ballot this time.

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To the Washington County Commissionerts, for their decision to try to consolidate their health insurance plan with those of Hagerstown Community College and the local school system. If they can save cash without cutting benefits, let's do it.

Thumbs up!To Bill Helfrick, George Buckly, Bill Shank and others working to set up the Waynesboro Area Industrial Musem. The Pennsylvania town has a rich heritage that should be preserved.

Thumbs up!To Marc Silverman of Rockville, Md., for his plan to demolish two non-historic buildings on Hagerstown's South Potomac Street and replace them with a four-story office building and parking garage with 110 spaces. Go, Marc!

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