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July 16, 2005

Thumbs up to Elaine Gladhill, a retired Maryland correctional officer, for pushing state lawmakers to pay close attention to the concerns of those workers employed at the prison complex near Roxbury. Her persistence led to a meeting between lawmakers and top correctional officials.

Thumbs down to the Pennsylvania state lawmakers who are using a court ruling to give themselves raises earlier than allowed by the state constitution, which says that they shouldn't get new pay raises until they're re-elected and sworn in again. To the 79 who voted against the practice, thank you.

Thumbs up to Williamsport Councilman Jeff Cline, for pushing for an inquiry into the town's finances and its management practices, which Cline said are causing the town to lose $80,000 a year on town pool operations and $100,000 annually on trash collection.

Thumbs up to all of the donors answering the American Red Cross's call for blood donations, particularly of the O negative variety. There's a blood drive being held at North High on July 21, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For an appointment, call 301-791-2585.

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Thumbs up to Steve Paine, West Virginia's new superintendent of schools, for making his first move a series of chats with the state's largest employers to ask what skills their future workers will need. Problem solving and critical thinking, they said.

Thumbs up to the County Commission of Jefferson County, W.Va., for its promise to soon resolve a dispute over a $1,952 bill for lunches for workers who staffed the polling places during a June 25 pension bond election. It's time, already.

Thumbs up to the National Little League 9-10 All-Stars for their 6-5 victory over Federal Little League to win the Maryland District 1 championship. National will host the District 2 champion from Frederick County in a series July 23-25.

Thumbs up to the late Tom Painter, who served as the mayor of Waynesboro, Pa., for 12 years. He was active in the community and friends said he was so loved and revered that many sought his advice on personal matters as well as on legal issues.

Thumbs up to Bruce Persons, an 18-year-old high school senior at the Maryland School for the Deaf, for making his Eagle Scout project the installation of a new 30-foot illuminated flagpole at the entrance to the school. "Old Glory" deserves the best.

Thumbs up to Gary Muller and the signers of a petition asking that the Fort Ritchie redevelopment get moving, for recognizing that the important thing is not the price paid for the property, but the jobs a new owner will bring.

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