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thumbs up, thumbs down - 11/10/01

December 27, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 11/10



Thumbs up!

To President Bush, for his decision not to halt the Afghan war for the Muslim observance of the holy month of Ramadan. This is a war against some nasty people, not some high-society tea party.

Thumbs up!

To the Washington County Commissioners, for agreeing to sell the City of Hagerstown a sewer line it needs to complete an annexation agreement of some additional property. Now it's time for all to sit down and talk about what happens next.

Thumbs up!To Mack Trucks and Hagerstown United Auto Workers members, for building seven trucks to be donated to New York City fire and police crews. It's good public relations - and the right thing to do.

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Thumbs down!

To the Sarasota, Fla. president of the MAD DADS, an anti-violence group that works with teens, who was charged with attacking a referee during a flag football game. He expressed regret, but given his position, "sorry" isn't enough.

Thumbs up!To the Hagerstown-area folks who formed a local chapter of Food & Friends, a group that provides groceries and companionship for those stricken with AIDS. Twenty local volunteers serve 38 clients.

Thumbs up!

To Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, interim superintendent of the Washington County Schools, for stating that she needs to clarify a recent memo that some took as a muzzle on school personnel. Trust people to say and do the right thing, and most of them will.

Thumbs up!To Russ Wiebel, who's just completed 40 years of play-by-play announcing for Washington County high school teams. To do something that long, you've got to love it, and in this case, it shows.

Thumbs up!To the volunteers of the Chambersburg, Pa. group called Toy Mission, who have been providing toys to needy children in the borough for 54 years. Last year the group served 235 Franklin County families with 800 children.

Thumbs up!To New York City officials, for dropping or reducing most of the charges against firefighters who protested for fear that their colleagues' remains would end up in a landfill instead of a cemetery.

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To the State of West Virginia, which ignored for 20 years a state law that live Christmas trees displayed indoors in government buildings had to have root balls or their roots intact and attached. If a tree is 20 feet tall, how big will its root ball be?

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