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thumbs up, thumbs down 12/2/00

December 01, 2000

Thumbs up, thumbs down 12/2



Thumbs up!To Hagerstown Community College basketball coach Jim Brown, for winning his 700th game, helping several generations of young men to build character and continue their college educations.

Thumbs up!

To B. Marie Byers, who sat on the Washington County School Board for 30 years, for her three decades of service and being a knowledgeable, stabilizing force on a board on which change seemed to be the only constant.

Thumbs down!To officials of Cecil County, Md., who are proposing a ban on dodge ball, a traditional playground game for generations, because the activity involves "human targets." What's next, body armor for kids?

Thumbs down!

The U.S. Supreme Court, for refusing to allow Friday's arguments on the Florida election procedures to be televised, so that only reporters and those with the resources to travel to Washington, D.C. get to see history being made.

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Thumbs up!To Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa. for saying that his rebuke by the House ethics committee for "serious official misconduct" wasn't important. You got off easy, Bud, so why not be a bit humble?

Thumbs up!

To the Washington County Commissioners, for their decision to give the Citizens for a Clear Spring Library a $84,613 interest-free loan to cover a projected shortfall in the project. It's an investment in the community's future.

Thumbs up!To Edward Koogle, a Washington County School Board supervisor honored by state officials for his dedication to minority student achievement. He's spent 36 years in education.

Thumbs up!

To the more than 50 Funkstown citizens who peacefully but forcefully told the Hagerstown Planning Commission that a proposed Super Wal-Mart would destroy their town. Such an assembly is American democracy in action.

Thumbs up!To teachers students and administrators in Washington County, for the work that took the county from eighth to sixth place statewide in the Maryland Performance Assessment Program.

Thumbs up!

To the Washington County citizens who have participated in a program called "Generous Jurors," in which members of jury panels donate their daily stipend to the county's foster care program. At $15 a day per person, it adds up.

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