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thumbs up, thumbs down - 11/17/01

December 27, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 11/17



Thumbs up!To the 79 percent of Washington County school system employees who said the most important quality the new superintendent should have is a willingness to listen and respond to concerns. Our sentiments exactly.

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To the American troops and the forces of Afghanistan's Northern Alliance, for pushing back the forces of the Taliban faster than anyone had imagined. We can only hope it will be as easy to form a new democratic government there.

? ? ?To the Maryland Department of the Environment, for opposing the City of Hagerstown's plan to purchase mute swans for the City Park Lake. MDE wants tundra swans, but we're not sure why. An explanation, please.

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To the late Monsignor Edward Manalis, for the work he did as paster of Hagerstown's St. Ann Catholic Church and as overseer of 20 Western Maryland parishes. His kindness and caring will be missed by all who knew him.

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Thumbs down!To John E. Barrett, convicted of abusing four patients in his care at a Hagerstown nursing home. The six-month jail term was a gift, since each count carried a maximum five-year term.

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To the national office of the American Red Cross, for announcing it will now direct all donations collected after Sept. 11 to the victims of that tragedy. It previously planned to hold $200 million in reserve for the next disaster, if one took place.

Thumbs up!To the Hagerstown City Council, for endorsing a new law that would jail repeat offenders of the city's property maintenance code. It's the only language some people understand.

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To Belkorp Industries, the Canadian firm which purchased the former 1st Urban Fiber plant in Hagerstown, for their pledge to be a good neighbor and deal quickly with any odor problems emanating from the paper processing plant.

Thumbs up!To the 30 students at Hancock Middle-Senior High School, for camping out in cardboard boxes to raise awareness about the problems faced by the homeless. They're all around us.

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To Brian Lowman, a Williamsport volunteer firefighter who also works for the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority. After terrorists crashed a plane into the Pentagon, he spent 235 hours on-site during the two weeks afterward.

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