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Thumbs up, thumbs down 5/19

May 21, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 5/19



Thumbs up!

To Spring Ward, a Hagerstown Community College government professor and her students, who quizzed city council candidates in one of the few candidate forums held this year.

Thumbs down!To the many Hagerstown residents who decided, despite a wealth of information provided by the press and broadcast media, that they wouldn't vote in the May 15 city election. The patriots who died for that right would be appalled.

Thumbs up!To Hagerstown and Washington County officials, for providing $92,000 to help resettle those residents of the Hagerstown YMCA who'll lose their homes when the Y moves to the North End.

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Thumbs down!

To all the Massachusetts lawmakers who suggested Gov. Jane Swift would somehow be rendered incapable of governing after giving birth to twins. Not unless dealing with stupid people has an adverse effect on one's physical health.

Thumbs up!To Martinsburg, W.Va., Fire Chief Brad Waldeck, retiring June 30 after 26 years of service to the city. That's a lot of fire calls and a lot of public service that we hope citizens appreciate.

Thumbs up!To Charles Middleton, the Unversity Systems of Maryland vice chancellor for academics, for telling business leaders that a new UM campus here will succeed if local residents raise their expectations and seek a college education.

? ? ? After all the hoopla surrounding the trail of Nathaniel Brazill, a 13-year-old Florida boy who shot and killed a teacher, we're still puzzled: Who didn't lock up the gun he used?

Thumbs up!

To the state of Pennsylvania, for agreeing to widen Interstate 81 from the Maryland border north to near Harrisburg. Pa. West Virginia's done it, Pennsylvania's committed, so now it's Maryland's turn to commit to more than planning this project.

Thumbs up!To farmer Frank Artz, the Washington County Historical Society and others who worked hard to create the Rural Heritage Museum at the Agricultural Education Center on Md. 65.

Thumbs up!To the late Margaret Washington of Hagerstown, for the more than 15 years she spent raising funds to organize all-day summer trips to amusement parks for children who might not otherwise have gotten to go to such places. She'll be missed.

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