Thumbs up, thumbs down

February 10, 2007

Thumbs up to Deanna Glaze, for the hard work she did to win appointment as the first female career firefighter for the Hagerstown Fire Department. Glaze, 23, says it's about "me being part of the team, not about me being a girl."

Glaze has been involved in firefighting since she was 16, starting with the Maugansville Goodwill Fire Department. She's studying to be a paramedic.

Thumbs up to Jack Ham, a National Football Hall of Fame player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, for his willingness to come and sign autographs as part of a fundraiser for the Chambersburg (Pa.) Boys & Girls Club.

Ham, who retired in 1982, said many youngsters probably don't know who he is. They ought to, because the players of an earlier era knew that their fame depended on how well they treated their fans.


Thumbs down to the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, for withdrawing a bill they introduced just a week ago to have everyone in the county who serves alcohol go through a certification course covering such things as how to recognize when a patron is intoxicated and how to determine when an ID is fake. If it was a good idea last week, why not now?

Thumbs up to Washington County Planning Commission members George Anikis and County Commissioner James Kercheval, for saying that the layout of a proposed Hopewell Road project was so poor that the developer ought to toss it out and start over. Thanks, guys, for taking a stand in favor of well-planned and attractive development.

Thumbs up to Susquehanna Bank, for its recent donation of $5,000 to the Interfaith Housing Alliance Inc., which has as its mission the construction of affordable housing. The alliance, which has been working in Western Maryland since 1992, is now planning a "sweat equity" self-help homeownership development in Cascade that will feature 10 home sites. Thanks for helping the people who work here afford a home of their own.

Thumbs down to the unidentified New York City jeweler who gave cabbie Osman Chowdhury a 30-cent tip for an $11 fare, then offered him a measly $100 reward after he spent hours tracking her down to return a bag with 31 diamond rings that she had left in the cab. One good reason to believe in an afterlife is the hope that such stingy folks get their just desserts when they waltz up to the Pearly Gates.

Thumbs up to Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell, for finding Robert Lynn Tomlin, who pleaded guilty last July in the burning deaths of four of his girlfriend's kittens, guilty of violating his parole by having contact with her. Perhaps it will give the lady, who invited him to move in with her, a chance to reconsider her life choices and the consequences they might have in the future.

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