Thumbs up to Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, for assuring citizens that Maryland will provide a fair share of the money needed for school construction and to redo the U.S. 40/Edgewood Drive intersection. Shank said citizens "can have your cake and eat it, too." Thanks, Chris.
Thumbs up to the Maryland State Highway Administration, for loaning 50 to 100 orange safety vests to parents whose children will be trick-or-treating. If it saves one child from becoming one of the 100 pedestrians who die in Maryland each year, it will be worth it.
Thumbs up to the late Steven W. Szwydek, a 20-year-old from Fulton County, Pa., who enlisted at age 17, fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He died in Iraq when an improvised explosive device was detonated near him.
Thumbs up to the estimated 500 walkers and breast cancer survivors who participated in the 16th annual Step 'n' Stride fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley. Despite a dreary day, they walked many miles and raised more than $64,000.