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Thumbs up, thumbs down 2/24

February 23, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 2/24



Thumbs up!To the four North Hagerstown High School teachers whose hard work and knowledge won them top honors in The Herald Mail's fourth annual A-B-C Adult Spelling Team Challenge.

Thumbs up!To West Virginia state senators Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson and John Unger, D-Berkeley, for their bill to shift some cash from the slot machines at the Charles Town Races to school construction. It'll be a fight, but one worth winning.

Thumbs down!To members of the 9th District nominating convention, which picked car dealer Bill Shuster over a group of contenders with more experience in office to replace his father, retiring Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa.

Thumbs down!To Glenn Given, a student newspaper editor at the State University of New York, who wrote an editorial asking Jesus to "smite" President George W. Bush, then was surprised when the Secret Service questioned him. It's their job, you dope.

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Thumbs up!To Tom Glumac, a physical therapy professor at Penn State Mont Alto, who's traveled the world to fit the disabled with donated wheelchairs. To donate one, call (717) 749-6217.

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To Hagerstown's B'Nai Abrahham Sisterhood and the women of Trinity Lutheran Church, for hosting the 6th Annual Potter's Bowl, which raised more than $5,000 for the Community Free Clinic. For $25, you get soup and a bowl to keep.

Thumbs up!To Brittany Tesla, 5-foot-2 North Hagerstown High senior who jumped five feet, four inches in the high jump to win the Maryland state title in Class 3A/2A competition. Great job!

Thumbs up!To Maryland state Sen. Leo Green, D-Prince George's, for his bill to create "safe havens" where parents can drop off newborns without fear of being charged with child abandonment. If it saves lives, do it.

Thumbs up!To Tom Thompson, a Washington County Hospital security guard, who successfully kept an agitated patient from injuring anyone with a .45-calibre Colt revolver, though four shots were fired.

Thumbs down!To Hugh Rodham, Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother, for taking $400,000 to lobby the president for two pardons, an act Mrs. Clinton called a "terrible misjudgment." If anybody's an expert on such things, it's Mrs. Clinton.

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