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thumbs up, thumbs down 4/21/01

April 20, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 4/21



Thumbs up!To the Washington County Community Action Council, for agreeing to find a new home and funds to help an estimated 40 men now living at the old Hagerstown YMCA.

Thumbs down!

To the Washington County school board, for its ham-handed handling of Superintendent Herman Bartlett's departure, and its refusal (so far) to provide details of the financial settlement made with him. It's taxpayers' money, folks.

Thumbs up!To Susie Kunkle, a long-time music teacher with the Washington County school system, for the work she did to win an Maryland Excellence in Music Education award. She's given many a lifelong skill.

Thumbs down!

To the Washington County government, for criticizing their fire/rescue dispatch chief for hiring a private investigator to probe alleged sick leave abuse by some 911 dispatchers. What was he supposed to do, call the psychic hotline?

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Thumbs up!To all the student winners in the Washington County Soil Conservation Department's Earth Day Poster Contest. Good luck in the state contest in July, in which first-place winners compete.

? ? ?To the Washington County legislators who liked the idea of the City of Hagerstown hiring a lobbyist, then complained that the lobbyist didn't pay any attention to them. Could it be he assumed that local lawmakers already backed local bills?

Thumbs up!To the 15 students in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle who received Golden Horseshoe awards for their outstanding performance on a test of knowledge of the state's history and culture.

Thumbs up!To Margaret Kursey, principal of Valley View Elementary School in Inwood, W.Va., for the 16 years she spent there, starting as a classroom teacher and working her way up. Next year she'll lead the Eagle Intermediate School in Martinsburg.

Thumbs down!To the national Democrats already revving up for the 2004 presidential race. Please hold off a while longer, because many of us are still recovering from the last national election.

Thumbs down!

To the scam artists and cheats costing the U.S. Treasury $200 to $300 million annually through illegal tax-avoidance schemes, many of which involve people with six-figure incomes stashing lots of cash off-shore bank accounts.

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