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Thumbs up, thumbs down 12/23

December 21, 2000

Thumbs up, thumbs down 12/23



Thumbs up!

To Roy and Margaret May of Breathedsville, for completing 71 years of marriage and proving to everyone in the region that true love can endure for a lifetime.

? ? ?To the Washington County government staffers who said if the county bought a $1.1 million building, the engineering, permits, planning and inspection departments would fit in it. Now they say it's too small. Did county workers gain weight?

Thumbs up!

To U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., for her pledge to help win funds for an extension of the Hagerstown Regional Airport's runway. It's a big deal because costs could top $50 million.

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Thumbs up!

To Del. Joe Bartlett, R-Frederick, who said that in lieu of a tax to aid farm preservation, he'd work to make farming a more viable industry. Agriculture has a new champion, and we await his proposals with great interest.

Thumbs up!

To all of the volunteers of the Washington County United Way, for giving up part of their holiday time to press for the successful completion of this year's campaign. For all you do, thanks.

Thumbs up!

To Joan McCulloh, Nancy Heffner and Betty Stenger, for recruiting 90 local writers to collaborate on "The Tuscarora Reader," a history of the Mercersburg, Pa., area. The trio, all retired teachers, also edited the book.

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To Simon & Schuster, the publishing house offering Hillary Clinton $8 million for her memoirs. Is there anything we don't know - or care about - that could be worth $8 million?

Thumbs down!To the Annenberg Public Policy Center, for its less-than-stunning revelation that network TV covered the presidential election like a horse race, focusing less on issues than on where each contender was in the polls. This is news?

Thumbs up!

To everyone who agreed to work on Christmas Day so that a co-worker could have the day off. That's one of those favors that can turn co-workers into lifelong friends.

Thumbs up!To the State of West Virginia, for its Family Refuge Center program, which allows divorced parents who don't get along to visit their children, or exchange them after a visit, without having to see each other. What a great idea.

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