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Thumbs up, thumbs down

July 07, 2007

Thumbs up to the late Richard Tebbs Sr., who reacted to his daughter's cerebral palsy by helping, with his wife Audrey, to found the Anita Lynne home, now called the Star Community, in her honor. The facility, now on 145 acres on Broadfording Road northeast of Clear Spring, serves those with developmental disabilities. The Tebbs family's efforts made life better for many parents and children in this area.

Thumbs up to Jim Tolbert and George Rutherford of Jefferson County, W.Va., for their many years of service to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, fighting for equal rights and equal opportunities for African-Americans from the days of segregation to the present. The best tribute to them would be for a new generation to pick up the torch they've carried for so long.

Thumbs down to U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, for her criticism of the commutation of the sentence of Scooter Libby. She said, among other things, that "in this administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice." On his last day in office, President Bill Clinton issued 140 pardons, including ones for a convicted cocaine trafficker, his half-brother Roger, and Marc Rich, a fugitive facing tax-evasion charges.

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Thumbs up to Arin and Randy Knotts of Clear Spring and other local entrepreneurs who have organized a July 14 bike-a-thon for Operation Shoebox, an organization that sends needed items to U.S. troops stationed overseas. The event is also special because children will be encouraged to ride along on the Western Maryland Rail Trail from Big Pool to Little Pool.

Thumbs up to Washington County Hospital employees Linda Carnes, Natalie Cummings, Amy Farmer, Alyson Thomas and Tara Baker for the hard work that won them nominations in the Nursing Spectrum Excellence Awards. Farmer was named a finalist for her efforts to implement an online system that allows staff to enter a schedule that meets both individual staffers' and the hospital's needs.

Thumbs up to Randy and Jennifer Thompson of Boonsboro, for setting up the South County Endowment Fund, to provide funds for philanthropic projects in the southern part of Washington County. Working through the Community Fund of Washington County, they hope to raise as much as $1 million, which would allow the fund to distribute $50,000 per year. The Thompsons themselves pledged $10,000.

Thumbs down to all of those who forced the closure of the recycling center in Boonsboro by dumping trash, furniture and other non-recyclable items there. Items that can't be recycled must be taken to the landfill at a cost to the town and its taxpayers. The alternative - a curbside recycling program - would cost the town $60,000 a year, according to Town Manager Debra A. Smith. All because a few people can't follow the rules.

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