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September 08, 2000

Thumbs up, thumbs down 9/9



Thumbs up!To Zachary Bennett, a 17-year-old Clear Spring High School student who placed in the national top 10 of the Future Business Leaders of America competition. Look out, Bill Gates!

Thumbs up!To Sharpsburg Mayor George Kesler, who says he's calling it quits this coming January after serving 12 years on the Town Council and four as mayor. That's a lot of service to the town and a lot of missed time at home. Thanks, mayor.

? ? ?To Middletown, Md., poultry farmer Randy Sowers, who's throwing a lot of the eggs he produced into his manure pit because an egg surplus has driven prices down. Why not turn some layers into fryers instead?

Thumbs down!To all of the Maryland public officials who refused to provide easy access to public documents when a press group studying state agencies' compliance with public-information laws asked them for the simplest stuff.

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Thumbs up!To Jack Ring, a professional poker player from Jefferson County, W.Va., who donated $1,000 he won in the World Series of Poker to the county's Boys and Girls Club. This Jack is an ace.

Thumbs down!To the Hagerstown Council, which asked its staff to study the cost of annexing and providing city police coverage for the local YMCA, a non-profit that chose to leave downtown and which pays no taxes. Could this be anything but a drain on the city?

Thumbs down!To Democtatic presidential candidate Al Gore, who took an "anytime, anywhere" stance on debates until GOP foe George W. Bush set a date. Are you ready, Al? It's time to decide.

Thumbs up!To Lillian Colletta, who's retiring as president of the Kittochtinny Historical Society in Chambersburg, Pa., after six years in office and 25 years in the group. The group is seeking retirees who have time to give and an interest in history.

Thumbs up!To Winston Blenckstone, Hagerstown Suns' owner, for giving the area yet another season to figure out, once and for all, whether it wants minor-league baseball here.

Thumbs down!To the Washington County Board of Education, which hasn't responded to concerns raised by the local teachers' association back in April. Wasn't adding members to the board supposed to make it more efficient?

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