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Thumbs up, thumbs down 3/10

March 09, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 3/10



Thumbs up!

To the Hagerstown City Council, for agreeing to give Community Rescue Service a $20,000 grant. Now it's time for the Washington County government to match that.

Thumbs up!To the Washington County Board of Education, for realizing that they need better communications with a variety of business, citizens and school groups and hiring a public-relations director to help with the job.

Thumbs downTo the Washington County Board of Education, for dithering around about proposed modification to Hancock bus routes. If the board's going to plan bus routes, why have a director of transportation?

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To Maryland transportation officials who say they support a runway extension at Hagerstown Regional Airport, even though they failed to include it in the long-range plan they released in January. Is it a priority or not?

Thumbs down

To the person or persons vandalizing signs that urge Washington County not to close the Cascade Elementary School. If you disagree with the idea, then put up your own signs.

Thumbs downTo Del. Cornell Dypski, D-Baltimore, for introducing a bill that would force citizens all over Maryland to pay higher rates, so drivers in Charm City, where bodily injury claims are double what they are elsewhere, can have cheaper coverage.

Thumbs up!To the Berkeley County, W.Va., Sheriff's Department, for forming a citizens advisory board to give the general public input on the department's performance and policies.

Thumbs up!To President George W. Bush, for calling the school shootings in Santee, California, "a disgraceful act of cowardice." If every teen shooter's lethal act is excused because he was bullied or teased, we'll never get a handle on such violence.

Thumbs up!To all the candidates running in the Hagerstown city election, for being willing to put their private lives on display and their time at the public's disposal for the next four years.

Thumbs up!To officials at Pottsgrove, Pa. High School, who responded to a wave of bomb threats - and explosion of some real pipe bombs - by banning students from driving to school. A stint as pedestrians should shake up students.

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