Thumbs up, thumbs down

January 07, 2006

Thumbs down to officials of the company that owned the Sago Mine in West Virginia, for keeping relatives of 13 trapped miners in the dark for hours and allowing them to believe 12 had survived. Not leveling with the families was evil.

Thumbs up to the bystanders who helped the Washington County Special Operations Team free a female hang- glider stuck in the top of a 40-foot tree on Dec. 30. Thanks to everyone's efforts, she was rescued unhurt.

Thumbs down to the U.S. Justice Department, for its probe to find out who leaked the news of President Bush's domestic spying program. Could somebody probe who decided the U.S. Constitution no longer matters?

Thumbs up to the late Janette M. Burhans, Hagerstown's first lady when her husband, Winslow, was mayor. Not only did she design the city's flag, but she was also a big booster of the Sister City program with Wesel, Germany.


Thumbs up to the late John M. Doarnberger, for his many years of public service, not only through the Hagerstown Rotary Club, but also with the American Legion Dixon-Troxell Post 211, which he served as financial officer for 42 years.

Thumbs up to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, for its award of $417,979 to shelter and train the homeless in Washington County. Training those who need shelter should help them to become more independent.

Thumbs up to the Archaeology Conservcancy, for its purchase of historic Fort Littleton in Fulton County, Pa. The group will make the 4 1/2 acre tract a permanent research site and explore for underground artifacts.

Thumbs up to the approximately 150 people who swam in the icy waters of the Potomac River at Williamsport on New Year's Day, raising thousands of dollars to fund the necessary work of the Humane Society of Washington County.

Thumbs up to Zach Jamison, a North Hagerstown High School junior who agreed to serve as the Washington County School Board's student member, giving his time to represent students' interests.

Thumbs down to Maryland's Department of Natural Resources, for changing deer-hunting rules to allow online check-ins. Now DNR wants to help stores that used to act as checking stations regain lost business. Your last "help" didn't work, guys.

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