Thumbs up to employees of Charles Town Races & Slots, for collecting more than nine tons of food for the Jefferson County (W.Va.) Community Ministries. Among the items donated were 1,661 pounds of hams and turkeys in what employees describe as a friendly competition between different departments. Apparently, thoroughbreds aren't the only creatures at the track with a lot of heart.
Thumbs up to the late Juanita May Queen, for her years of service giving people who called in to Hagerstown radio station WJEJ's show "The Phone Party" advice on everything from cooking a turkey to getting stains out of a garment. She was such a regular caller that some listeners assumed she worked for WJEJ. Right now she's probably advising St. Peter on how to put a brighter shine on the Pearly Gates.
Thumbs down to Washington County Circuit Court Judge John H. McDowell, for his decision to suspend all but 134 days of an 18-month term given to a man who burned four kittens to death during an argument with his girlfriend. If there's a good reason why this 22-year-old shouldn't do at least six months, for the life of us, we can't figure out what it would be.