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April 12, 2008

Thumbs up to Hagerstown Councilman and local attorney Lewis C. Metzner, for organizing a trip to take Hagerstown veterans of World War II down to the national memorial for WW II vets in Washington, D.C. Metzner, whose father served in Europe during the war, also enlisted sponsors for the trip, including Conservit Inc., Callas Contractors Inc., McDonald's and several Hagerstown businesses, including CVS Pharmacy and Weis Markets. Thanks, Lew.

Thumbs down to parents and students at Jefferson County (W.Va.) High School who protested possible legal action against a group of 15 students who broke into the school, hid phones and moved desks into the halls. No major harm was done, but this was an illegal entry and those involved should be ready to accept some punishment, though Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober has said "Nobody's going to go behind bars."

Thumbs up to the Washington County Commissioners, for agreeing to hold a public meeting with those concerned about the closing of the Funkstown's East Oak Ridge Drive bridge. As long as county officials are in a scheduling mood, why not go ahead and set up another for folks in the Knoxille area concerned about a 190-foot tower?

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Thumbs down to all of those who have stolen U.S. military equipment, including parts for F-14 fighter planes, night-vision goggles and special equipment used to filter out biological warfare agents and and tried to sell it on eBay and Craigslist. It would serve them right if Uncle Sam sent them all checks, then issued warrants for their arrest.

Thumbs up to the Waynesboro (Pa.) Area School Board, for its decision to allow the public to submit questions for candidates for the position of district superintendent. Such questions give those within the district a connection to the system that they wouldn't have otherwise. It's also a gesture of recognition by the board that elected officials are not the only ones who can think intelligently about education.

Thumbs up to Rami B. Yanes, a seventh-grader at Boonsboro Middle School, who placed fourth in the Maryland state geography bee. Congratulations also to Ben Seifert, Emma K. Doub Elementary, whose teacher said he was one of only six fifth-graders in the state to qualify for the bee.

Thumbs down to whichever Maryland General Assembly committee bottled up a bill to add Washington County to those counties that meet with incorporated municipalities within their borders on tax matters. to discuss tax money for municipalities within their borders. Specifically, the meetings concern the return of tax money to municipalities for the services that they provide that the county does not.

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