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Thumsb up, thumbs down

February 11, 2006

Thumbs up to all of those who have applied to replace resigned Mayor Richard "Dick" Trump in Hagerstown's City Hall. We may not be familiar with all of you, but we appreciate your willingness to take on what can be a thankless job that will cost you your privacy and bring scorn from many who don't know how complicated the job is.




Thumbs up to Washington County Commissioner William Wivell, for calling his fellow commissioners on their vote to allow a committee to negotiate with a company for the possible design, purchase and installation of an emergency communications system without knowing the price. By the way, the estimate is now $20 million, so getting it wrong could cost this county's taxpayers plenty.




Thumbs down to the person or persons who made two bomb threats in two days to Williamsport High School. No doubt you're not a taxpayer yet or you would appreciate what it costs to evacuate a building and bring in K-9 dogs to do a search. The notes were found in school bathrooms, where you should do your community service with a mop when you are found out.

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Thumbs up to all of the Boy Scouts and adult leaders who have supported Troop 62 of Chewsville for the past 50 years in its mission of building character, instilling good work habits and reverence for nature. May today's Scouts become tomorrow's leaders and rack up another half a century of service.




Thumbs down to the politicians who used the funeral of the late Martin Luther King Jr.'s wife, Coretta Scott King, to trash the Bush administration. This funeral service should have been a time to honor the deceased, reflect on her many accomplishments and mourn her passing. Instead, some decided that they could use what should have been a solemn occasion to score political points. Shame on you.




Thumbs up to the Rosemarie Linenberger Charity Bridge Club of Hagerstown, for its recent donation of $1,000 to the city's Community Free Clinic. Each members contributes $1 a week to the club's charitable activities fund. Apparently, the dollars add up quickly, which is a good thing for the clinic, which serves people in the city who have no health insurance.




Thumbs up to Usama Qadri, a 17-year-old Smithsburg high student with an honor-roll Grade Point Average who has already been accepted to Yale, for not coasting through his senior year. Instead, he recently took on the job of student representative to the Washington County Board of Education. Thanks for your dedication to serving.




Thumbs up to Warren Royce, a dispatcher with the Washington County Emergency Services department, for helping a Hagerstown family through the unexpected delivery of their third child, Conner Malachi-Daniel Ryce. Dispatcher Royce said he was nervous about coaching a delivery over the phone, but his supervisor, Bardonna Woods, says he's an exceptional dispatcher who really cares about what he does.

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