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November 09, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 9/22



Thumbs up!

To all the ordinary citizens who became heroes on Sept. 11, some of who gave their lives to prevent a hijacked plane from reaching the terrorists' target . We won't forget any of you.

Thumbs up!

To the New York City firefighters who entered the burning World Trade Center knowing that it could be the last thing they ever did. They made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of people they didn't know in the hopes they could save lives.

Thumbs down!To the terrorists who planned and financed the attacks of Sept. 11. Not that any of them care, but despite their misguided opinions to the contrary, there is no honor in the slaughter of innocents.

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Thumbs down!To any American who took money to look the other way, or to provide information that assisted in the attacks. We hope that no one did such a thing, but it never surprises us that people are willing to do almost anything do for a buck.

Thumbs up!

To the American Red Cross, for their efforts to coordinate efforts for the victims and for the personnel still trying to dig through the rubble of the twin towers. We salute you.

Thumbs down!

To the unnamed persons who have stolen 17 American flags from Washington County porches and flagpoles in recent days. We know flags are in short supply, but you can't really be a patriot if you have to steal Old Glory to be one.

Thumbs up!

To the Trinity United Chruch of Christ in Mercersburg. Pa., for donating $25,000 to the disaster relief effort. For a congregation of 140 members, that's quite a generous gift.

Thumbs up!To the teachers, staff and bus drivers of the Washington County school system, which, despite the confusion that ensued after the Sept. 11 attacks, managed to get all of the students dismissed and home safely in fairly orderly fashion.

Thumbs up!To Lou Scally, WJEJ radio personality, and his faithful listeners who raised thousands of dollars in order to to bring those beautiful swans back Hagerstown's City Park.

Thumbs up!To everyone who has donated money, volunteered or just comforted someone in the aftermath of terrorist attaccks. These small kindnesses are needed, too, as we attempt to cope and make sense of everything that has happened.

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