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Thumbs up, thumbs down 3/17

March 16, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 3/17



Thumbs down!To state officials, for withholding more than $10 million for a downtown Hagerstown campus of the University Systems of Maryland. They say it's no big deal, but let's see what didn't get cut.

Thumbs up!To Dr. Edward W. Ditto III, a longtime Hagerstown physician who has spent many hours after retirement serving at the Community Free Clinic. He and volunteer Carol Mendelsohn were honored recently at the clinic's 2001 gala.

Thumbs down!To the U.S. Army, for refusing to release documents related to PenMar Development's dispute with its chief tenant, the Role Models America school for dropouts, probably to conceal how silly it all is.

Thumbs down!To the Federal Communications Commission, for its belated discovery, more than a decade into the dot-com revolution, that less than 20 percent of its employees have any technical education. It's no surprise, however, that they've got plenty of lawyers.

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Thumbs down!To Del. Paul Stull, R-Frederick/Carroll for his bill to spend $3 million-plus and five years to implement a plan to manage the state's deer herd. By that time, there'll be one in everyone's back yard.

Thumbs up!

To the Berkeley County, W.Va. Commission, for naming a new Cable Advisory Board to help devise a new pact with the local cable TV system that could provide for equipment to give citizens and civic groups the ability to do their own cable shows.

Thumbs down!To Hagner R. Mister, Maryland Agriculture Secretary, who backs a two-state survey of 900 farmers to find out how falling crop and milk prices affect farmers. Here's a hint: It doesn't help.

Thumbs up!To Denise Beck, a cancer survivor who is on track to hit the $1 million mark in dollars raised to fight that disease. Her latest effort will be at an auction at the downtown Waynesboro, Pa., Eagles Club. The sale starts at 4 p.m.

Thumbs up!To the Churchey Group and a group of Mt. Aetna Road residents for working out a compromise to provide additional space between the new development's units and existing homes.

Thumbs up!To the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, for hosting an on-line chat between Gov Bob Wise and anybody who wanted to log on. Topics covered ranged from West Virginia University football to his plan to fund scholarships with gambling cash.

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