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Thumbs up, thumbs down 4/15

April 13, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 4/15



Thumbs up!

To Ryan Williams, Alan Brinser and Emily Larue of Smithsburg High School, who beat out seven other county high schools to win the Academic Team Championship by 200 points.

Thumbs up!To Badger Lucas, a 15-year-old student at Middletown High School, whose painting took two goldeneye ducks won Best in Show in the 2001 Maryland Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. That's a win to quack about.

Thumbs down!To Williamsport's Town Council, for refusing to waive $15,000 in permit fees for a $7.9 million renovation of the local elementary school. This council forgets it may need the school system's help someday.

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Thumbs down!

To Phillip Morris, Inc., for its plan to lobby for federal regulation of tobacco. We can only conclude that the company has realized that government regulators assigned to such a task will never willingly regulate themselves out of a job.

Thumbs up!To the administration of President George W. Bush, which succeeded in obtaining the safe return of the crew of U.S. Navy spy plane. Criticize how they did it, if you like, but the result is worth cheering.

Thumbs down!

To Maryland Sen. Walter Baker, D-Cecil, who killed a Washington County marriage license hike that would have funded additional help for battered women. He worries about making marriage affordable; we just hope it's survivable.

Thumbs up!To the Berkeley County, W.Va., Commissioners, for their proposal to clamp down on the dog owners who let their animals run free on neighbors' property. If you love your dogs, keep them home.

Thumbs up!

To CBS News, whose complaint that documents were being withheld led to the release of affadavits showing that sheriff's deputies had proposed a probe of one of the Columbine High School killers a year before the fatal shootings.

Thumbs down!To the person or persons who stole six mixed-breed pit bull puppies from the Washington County Humane Society. In the wrong hands, these can be mighty dangerous animals.

Thumbs up!

To the West Virginia legislators who helped Gov. Bob Wise save some funds for his PROMISE scholarship program for students who have at least a "B" average. A little funding for 2002 is better than getting no money at all.

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