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Thumbs up, thumbs down

December 30, 2006

Thumbs up to the late President Gerald Ford, for correctly perceiving that a criminal trial for President Nixon following his resignation would tear the country apart. Ford did the right thing and pardoned the disgraced chief executive, regardless of what it meant for his own political fortunes. That's a moral outlook that is in short supply today in the halls of power in Washington, D.C.




Thumbs up to retired U.S. Army Maj. Dieter Protsch of Hagerstown, for taking 300 letters of support from students at Western Heights Middle School and $1,500 worth of phone cards purchased with cash raised by Thomas Gough, a high school senior in Warfordsburg, Pa., to wounded U.S. troops at an American medical facility in Germany. Thanks to all of you.




Thumbs down to George Miller, coordinator of the Hagerstown Refugee Resettlement Office, who acknowledged that the group had not done enough to publicize its efforts or to seek additional sources of funding, such as local churches. It is no favor to those who have suffered so much to bring them here without sufficient resources to attend to their needs.

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Thumbs up to Linn Hendershot, state Del. John Donoghue and the Board of Senior Living alternatives, for their agreement to explore whether senior citizens from the financially-strapped Holly Place assisted living facility might be relocated to the Western Maryland Hospital Center. Without some answer, Holly Place may have to shut in six months.




Thumbs down to the person or persons who vandalized the Ramer Center, a historic schoolhouse for blacks in Martinsburg, V.Va., by painting it with graffiti with what police described as racial overtones. At a time when some men have visited the moon and others work on a space station orbiting the planet, there always seems to be some mean-spirited act to remind the human race that we haven't come as far as we would like to believe.




Thumbs up to the late Rev. Thomas Hemler, for his many years of service to the parish of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waynesboro, Pa. The Rev. Hemler served from 1983 to 2004 and was described by those who knew him as instantly likeable and a friend to all. That's a difficult thing to be when dealing with so many congregants, some of whom have very different ideas about how things should be run. He'll be missed.




Thumbs up to Shelby Horman, a 6-year-old from Smithsburg who was inspired by televised reports on the victims of Hurricane Katrina to begin a collection for the Toys for Tots campaign. This little girl did what we all should do - look at life's unpleasantness and consider how we can make life better. Many others in this region do "walk the walk" and not only during the Christmas season.

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