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Thumbs up, thumbs down 8/25

November 09, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 8/25



Thumbs up!To Joslyn Ring Noland, for the 15 years of hard work that won her honors as the 2001 recipient of the Jefferson County, W.Va. Teacher of the Year. She says she loves children and loves to learn.

Thumbs up!To Hagerstown and Washington County elected officials, for their agreement to continue working on ways to help both governments - and city and county taxpayers - get better sewer service while saving money in the process.

Thumbs up!To Maryland Comptroller William D. Schaefer, for arguing, albeit unsuccessfully, that the state should take on less bonded debt. In the current economy, pulling back a bit seems only prudent.

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To the American Civil Liberties Union, for its lawsuit arguing in favor of the rights of rave participants to use pacifiers, glow sticks and other devices said to enhance the effects of drug Ecstasy. When did enhancing drug use become a right?

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Thumbs up!To a group of 20 homeowners in Hagerstown's North End, who are chipping in $1,500 apiece to install old-fashioned street lights in front of their homes. Others would have asked the city to foot the bill.

Thumbs down!To Red7e, a Louisville. Ky., ad agency that wrote a slogan for the Louisville slugger museum that said the place has "More old bats than a needlepoint convention." And these dopes were surprised when the needlepointers complained!

Thumbs up!To Frederick County Sheriff's deputies, Department of Natural Resources and Maryland State police who spent four hours searching for a toddler who wandered off August 20. Thanks.

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To J. Herbert Hardin, Washington County school board president, for correctly noting that unless teachers are given incentives to seek a new math certification, the system may find it has fewer candidates than it needs to fill those slots.

Thumbs up!To Pennsylvania's Education Department, for its new $23 million program to enroll students with reading problems in an after-school tutoring program designed to hike their test scores.

? ? ?To the Charleston, W.Va. coroner's office, for accidentally sending the decomposed body of a deer to a Cleveland family seeking the remains of a man found dead in the New River in 1998. There's got to be more to this story.

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