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January 19, 2001

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Thumbs up!

To Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, for putting $13.3 million for a downtown Hagerstown campus of the University Systems of Maryland. Now it's up lawmakers to see it stays there.

Thumbs up!

To the U.S. Department of General Services, which has declared the old Federal Building and Post Office in Martinsburg, W.Va. surplus property, paying the way for its use as the new home of the Boarman Arts Center.

Thumbs up!To Glenn Matthews, a 43-year-old Georgia man who got onstage at a Macon comedy club and confessed to robbing a number of banks. That's one way to shut those pesky hecklers up.

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Thumbs down!

To the two sets of parents in Butler, Pa., who demanded that state police files charges of disorderly conduct because their sons threw snowballs at each other. Neither was hit, but both could get $300 fines in this court-clogging nonsense.

Thumbs down!To President Clinton, whose farewell address would have been better if he'd acknowledged that he wasted a lot of time and the nation's money by indulging his own carnal appetites.

Thumbs up!

To Ruth Monroe and staff of Memorial Recreational Center, for organizing a luncheon to remind children born longer after the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., what his life meant to him and to the nation.

Thumbs up!To the 200 persons who came to the Martin Luther King Center on Sunday, Jan. 14, to help raise money for scholarships given to Hagerstown-area youths in honor of the late civil rights leader.

Thumbs up!

To the Washington County Water and Sewer Department, for the hard wok that won the department a $250,000 Maryland state grant that will be used for a project that will interconnect the county's system with Hagerstown's.

Thumbs down!To Mother Nature, for bringing us a stretch of gray, drizzly days that seems to have stretched on longer than the Great Wall of China. Like Oliver Twist, we plead, just one sunny day, please?

Thumbs up!

To former Sen. John Ashcroft, who told questioners at his confirmation hearing that he will put his personal views in the closet while he holds the attorney general's post. If beliefs define a person, why seek a job that demands they be suppressed?

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