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February 17, 2007

Thumbs upto all of the "snow angels" in the Tri-State area who have cleared sidewalks and driveways for their elderly and infirm neighbors at no charge. This last round of precipitation, which included sleet and freezing rain, was particularly tough to scrape up and it would have been easy to say "The heck with it." But you didn't and because of your efforts, some folks were surely spared some nasty falls.




Thumbs up to the Henson/Waltersdorf Campaign Challenge, which offered $212,500 if others would pledge a similar amount toward scholarships for the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown. Last week USM officials said the goal has almost been reached. Most of the cash will be invested and according to Brad Sell, director of the Community Foundation of Washington County, will earn $21,250 in its first year.




Thumbs down to whoever decided that a panel studying violence in Maryland's prisons should include two former inmates, but only one correctional officer! State Sen. Don Munson, R-Washington, rightly objected and the group will apparently be reconfigured to include two officers - one male and one female. As Munson said, "the people in the prison know what's going on."

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Thumbs up to members of the Berkeley County, W.Va., Sheriff's Department, who used a Taser to subdue a dog after it escaped and chased a neighbor onto the roof of a mobile home. Sheriff W. Randy Smith praised the deputies for showing great composure and not killing the animal, which just happened to be - surprise - a pit bull.




Thumbs up to Lance Cpl. Dane Fonte of Smithsburg, for his willingness to join the U.S. Marine Corps and serve his country. Fonte, who was stationed in Iraq, was injured Feb. 7 in Anbar province when a grenade went off near his position during a battle with insurgents. We join his parents and friends in wishing him a speedy recovery from his injuries and a quick return to the people who know and love him.




Thumbs down to Pennsylvania officials who put together a pilot program to explore saving money by closing state police outposts to the public on nights and weekends. Instead, officials propose installing remote cameras and having after-hours visitors phone a call center in Philadelphia. This sounds a bit like saving money on health care by closing hospital emergency rooms. Trash this nonsense.




Thumbs up to the Washington County Board of Education, for offering teachers a 7 percent increase, plus a step increase that would give them an 8.5 percent pay boost. Teachers work hard for their pay and this offer is a generous recognition of that effort, not to mention more of a salary boost than workers in many professions will receive in a single year.

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