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Thumbs up, thumbs down 2/3

January 31, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 2/3



Thumbs up!To the Baltimore Ravens, for their dominating performance in Super Bowl XXXV. No, Ray Lewis is not a role model, but sadly, not all professional athletes care about filling that role.

Thumbs up!

To Darren Rebuck, a Hedgesville, W.Va., student and employee of Tri-M Electric, for the work he did to win top honors in the Skills Olympics held Jan. 27 at the Washington County Tech High School. He'll go to the nationals in March.

???To the Washington County Health Systems, Inc., for its statement that their new ambulance service won't hurt existing firms. If existiong firms met their needs, then why set up a new service?

Thumbs downTo the Maryland University fan, who hit a Duke player's mother in the head with a full bottle of water. Instead of hooliganism, why not question why the Terrapins basketball team blew a 10-point lead with just one minute left?

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Thumbs up!To the State of Pennsylvania, which is encouraging citizens to enter the high-tech future by waiving the 6 percent sales tax on personal computers purchased between Feb. 18 and Feb. 25.

Thumbs up!

To Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, who says he's concerned that the state isn't doing enough for Western Maryland. From a former Baltimore mayor we didn't expect such concern, but thank you so much.

???To Virginia state Sen. Leslie Byrne, who wants to pass a bill allowing Fairfax County to outlaw sleeping in any room but your bedroom. Does that mean naps on the couch would be illegal?

Thumbs up!To the Washington County Commissioners, for donating $5,000 to the Character Counts Coalition to buy banners to illustrate the five pillars of character, which include: Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Thumbs up!To the Washington County Children's Council, which voted to abolish itself because its duties were taken over by another agency. Most government programs go on forever.

Thumbs up!

To those who worked out a settlement to reinstate Berkeley County Deputy Wilbur Johnson, fired by Sheriff Ron Jones for wearing a ballcap while off-duty that backed Jones' election foe, Randy Smith. It's about time.

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