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thumbs up, thumbs down 1/13/01

January 12, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 1/13



Thumbs up!To Maryland Gov. Parris Glendeing, for his proposal to boost state spending in a way that could bring Washinton County an additional $3.1 million for education. Go for it!

Thumbs up!

To Charlie Rowe, a Washington County Big Brother for 20 who also barbecues 7,000 chickens a year for charitable causes. No wonder he was cited by the Baltimore Ravens as an outstanding volunteer in their "Community Quarterback" promotion.

? ? ?To the Pentagon experts who wrote a report saying U.S. agriculture is vulnerable to germ warfare attacks. If such germs exist, why can't they be used against the plants used to make cocaine?

Thumbs down!To the Jefferson County, W.Va. Board of Health, for ending its school nursing program, forcing the school system, which always paid the personnel, to take them on as school system employees at higher salaries. Once again, schools get stuck.

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Thumbs up!To U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, for his proposal to pardon President Clinton, to spare the country another expensive round of legal hoop-de-doo. We'd concur, if he'd agree to shut up for the next four years.

Thumbs up!

To Maryland House Speaker Cas Taylor, for his proposal for a $1 billion fund to pay for sewer improvements across the state. Since Washington County has already paid for its system, giving us a few million of that total shouldn't be any problem.

Thumbs up!To the Maryland Aviation Administration, for its new program to subsidize commuter flights from the Hagerstown and Cumberland airports to Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Thanks.

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To state Sen. Alex Mooney, R-Frederick, Washington, for his meaningless vote against the re-election of Thomas V. "Mike" Miller as state senate president. Did you think the leadership needed another reason to ignore Western Maryland?

Thumbs down!To William Ore of Clendenin, W.Va., for what must be the worst alibi ever offered: He told police he couldn't have robbed a bank because he was buying heroin in another state at the time.

Thumbs up!To Olive Peters, a Boonsboro woman who became an advocate for those with muscular dystrophy after her two children were afflicted with it, turning what might have been a life of sorrow into a life of service.

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