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Thumbs up, thumbs down 2/19

February 16, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 2/19



Thumbs up!To Berkeley County, W.Va. Sheriff Randy Smith, for his proposal to explore using home detention monitors to incarcerate prisoners instead of sending them to the regional jail.

Thumbs up!

To Hagerstown City Council members who are working to improve the pay scale for the city's police officers. These people are on the front lines of the war against drugs and they need the equivalent of combat pay.

Thumbs up!To the Washington County Board of Education, for voting 5-to-2 against a bill to give teachers the right to negotiate class size, the school calendar and the currciulum. With such powers, why have a school board?

Thumbs down!To Washington County school officials who said it will take until summer to determine why county students' scores on Advanced Placement tests are below average. Only 346 took the test; it couldn't take until summer to interview all of them.

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Thumbs down!To Maryland officials who knew for months that a system designed to let parole agents know when parolees are arrested on new charges hasn't been working, and didn't alert anyone.

? ? ?To officials of the Hagerstown Fire Depoartment, who want the county's dispatchers to send extra units to their fire scenes: Why wasn't this need addressed in the fire/rescue study just released by the county's Emergency Services Council?

Thumbs down!To Maryland's House Commerce and Government Matters Committee, for refusing to limit cell phone users' right to yak and drive at the same time. When someone dies, they'll all file bills.

Thumbs down!To Del. Chris Shank, R-Washington, who rapped Del. Joe Bartlett for a bill he said would erroneously expand government's power, then filed a bill giving the county an unfunded mandate to pay the costs for a Rohrersville fire/rescue substation.

Thumbs up!To Kristin Aleshire, the only Hagerstown council candidate who's bothered to write a letter to the editor explaining why he wants the job. If you want the post, speak up now.

Thumbs up!

To Washington County Deputies Mark Weber and Mark Hansberger, who listened to kids say they had nothing to do and responded with a proposal for a Police Athletic League program. Thanks, officers, for your caring annd dedication.

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