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thumbs up, thumbs down - 8/11/01

November 09, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 8/11



Thumbs up!

To the Chambersburg. Pa. Borough Council, for the $10,000 advance it provided to keep the Chambersburg Transit Authority from shutting down. The thousands who ride each month thank you.

Thumbs up!

To the Hagerstown Mayor and Council, for backing a new law that would allow the city to clean up trash- and weed-ridden lots or yards, then charge property owners for the work. Let's get this city spruced up as soon as possible.

? ? ?To the Alfred A. Knopf publishing house, for its $10 million advance for former president Bill Clinton's memoirs. What don't we know already that could possibly be worth such a large amount of money?

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Thumbs down!

To the Chambersburg, Pa. office of the Sprint phone company, for saying that an incident in which an employee inserted a profanity into their latest phone book was "made worse by the media." Did the media force this employee to act?

Thumbs up!To former Sharpsburg councilwoman Denise Troxell, who served on that body from 1997 to the present, though she was recovering from a double-lung transplant. Her service is an inspiration to many.

Thumbs up!

To the Sharpsburg Town Council, for donating $34,500 toward two new ambulances in exchange for a year's worth of free ambulance calls for town residents. Perhaps Hagerstown and Community Rescue Service could cut a deal like that.

? ? ?To President George W. Bush, for his decision to take a four-mile walk last Sunday in 99-degree heat at his 1,600 acre Texas ranch. Was that an effort to cut down the size of the press pool?

Thumbs up!

To Local 1605 of the International Association of Firefighters, Lowe's Heroes and all the others who made possible the construction of a new classroom building at Children's Village, a Washington County facility that gives children safety training.

Thumbs up!To all Washington County residents who participated in events at this past Tuesday's National Night Out, designed to show citizens' opposition to crime and illegal drug use.

Thumbs up!

To Janice Kopp of Kensington, Md., for her proposal to spend a couple of hundred dollars to purchase a new swan or two for Hagerstown's City Park Lake. Her fond memories of feeding swans as a child sparked the generous offer.

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