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Thumbs up, thumbs down 1/27

January 26, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 1/27



Thumbs up!

To the five students at Hagerstown's Fountaindale Elementary School whose ideas to prevent student violence were innovative enough to win a $1,700 Maryland grant to help put them in place.

Thumbs up!

To Joe Kroboth, deputy engineer for Washington County, for the work he did to win the county's Innovative, Dedicated Employee Award. Kroboth's negotiations with contractors saved the county $141,000 for the Forty West Landfill.

Thumbs down!To the Washington County Commissioners and School Board Members who told Cascade parents that any school consolidations are five years away. If the plan can save money sooner, why wait?

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Thumbs up!

To former Washington County School Board candidate Russell Williams, who, after being told that only candidates could receive free board information packets, promptly filed for office again. Isn't it time to post all this stuff on the Internet?

Thumbs up!To Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith, for rearranging shifts so that there'll be more officers on foot patrol in downtown Hagerstown. The bonus is that it won't cost the city any extra cash.

Thumbs up!To the Rev. Patrick Walker, for revitalizing the Dudley Baptist Church in Martinsburg, W.Va. and re-energizing the Berkeley County chapter of the NAACP. We wish him well in his new post as a pastor in southeast Washington, D.C.

Thumbs up!To Del. Joe Bartlett, R-Frederick, Washington, for his decision to seek advice from Maryland House leaders before proposing any new legislation. What a unique strategy!

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To Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick, Washington, for her decision to skip Washington County delegation meetings in favor of the meetings of the Women Legislators of Maryland. Is this a statement about the local delegation's worth?

Thumbs up!To Hagerstown Mayor Bob Bruchey and Councilmembers Lew Metzner and Al Boyer, for recognizing that something must be done to ensure ambulance service for the city. It's a first step.

Thumbs down!To anyone who's still laboring under the delusion that Bill Clinton was just a misunderstood public servant. His last-minute flurry of pardons to an assortment of dubious characters should mark him once and for all time as a sleazeball.

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