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December 27, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 11/3



Thumbs up!

To anyone or any company which can do something productive with Hagerstown's 1st Urban Fiber plant, a multi-million dollar recycling facility which has been shut for four years. Something with jobs, please.

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To Hagerstown Medical Laboratories, for working with the Washington County Health Department and quickly testing local samples of powder suspected of containing anthrax, instead of forcing folks to wait days for results, as some in other areas must do.

Thumbs up!To the Franklin County, Pa. Board of Commissioners, for enacting an open-burning ban for the next 30 days. In addition to preventing forest, brush and structure fires, it allows those with lung ailments to breathe easier.

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To Washington County Commissioner William Wivell, for his valiant but unsuccessful effort to J.D. Powell, to sell the feds on the idea of using Fort Ritchie for the Office of Homeland Security. It's been three years since the base closed, so let's market the site.

Thumbs up!To all those Congressional staffers working out of temporary offices in an attempt to keep the wheels of government turning and showing the terrorists that the U.S. has been inconvenienced, but not defeated.

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To Beth Brandenburg of Springfield Middle School and all the other teachers in the Tri-State Area, who supplement their classroom supply budgets with cash from their own pockets. It's been going on for years, and every now and then we need to say thanks.

Thumbs up!To the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks, for giving baseball fans a World Series that so far has been worthy of a world championship. Whichever team wins, it's been fun to watch.

Thumbs down!

To the national office of the American Red Cross, for the mess it's made of distributing money generously donated for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Maybe they ought to bring back Elizabeth Dole to get this much-needed effort back on track.

Thumbs up!To Hagerstown Mayor Bill Breichner and others, for lobbying to keep the University Systems of Maryland campus planned for downtown on track. It's a must-have facility for this region.

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To the West Virginia University marching band, for entertaining folks at WVU football games for the past 100 years. "The Pride of West Virginia" will perform again Saturday for the team's homecoming game with Rutgers.

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