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Thumbs up, thumbs down 11/11

November 10, 2000

Thumbs up, thumbs down 11/11



Thumbs up!To all of the veterans of the U.S. armed forces, living and dead, who served so that succeeding generations could enjoy the freedoms to vote, speak out and to live in peace.

Thumbs up!

To Donna Carey, a Hagerstown woman who became one of Community Rescue Service's first medics, and who served as a volunteer for 28 years. When she began her service, women weren't even allowed to drive ambulances.

Thumbs down!To the person or persons who distributed a campaign pamphlet anonymously that questioned the activities of Berkeley County sheriff-elect Randy Smith while serving as a drug investigator in the mid-1980s.

Thumbs up!

To the Washington County Commissioners, for recognizing that there's no public sentiment for requiring some who own many cats to get a special cattery license. Animal abusers can be prosecuted under existing law.

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Thumbs down!

To all of the citizens and businesses stiffing Washington County fire/rescue companies, hastening the day when a special tax will be necessary to fund their operations.

Thumbs up!

To Bill Ridenour, a 74-year-old Hagerstown native who spent the last 11 years indexing information from 32,000 local obituaries printed in Hagerstown papers between 1790 and 1943, providing a valuable reference for genealogists.

Thumbs up!

To the members of the NASA Goddard flying club who've provided clothes, food and toys to the local Salvation Army for the third year in a row. A dozen pilots participated this time.

Thumbs down!

To all of the national campaign officials threatening to file lawsuits over the presidential election. Just what America doesn't need - a judge deciding which one of the candidates gets to be the next president.

Thumbs up!To Hagerstown Councilman Lew Metzner, for casting the lone vote against the council going to closed session to discuss city annexation policy. We agree; there's too much secrecy now.

Thumbs up!

To the long-suffering American people, who we're confident won't let the current election debacle produce anything like a "constitutional crisis." Here's a tip, though: The candidate who whines and drags this out will be finished in politics.

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