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Thumbs up, thumbs down

May 24, 2008

Thumbs up to Boyd Michael, for the years of hard work he did to prepare himself for the post of deputy superintendent for Washington County Public Schools. Michael, whose previous posts include assistant superintendent for School Operations and director of Secondary Education, recently became certified as a school bus driver and plans to be trained as a cafeteria worker as well. It helps a great deal when the boss knows firsthand what it's like to work in the trenches.

Thumbs up to the Otterbein Church of Waynesboro, Pa., for working out a three-year agreement that will give the Waynesboro Stations Youth Football League and their cheerleaders a place to play. The field will be located at the church's new recreation complex on Welty Road. Thanks to the congregation for giving these young people and their cheerleaders a place to hold their games.

Thumbs down to U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-6th, for his flip-flop on the idea of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Rep. Bartlett, who has argued that the national must find other energy sources besides oil, once opposed ANWR drilling, saying that it would only delay the decisions needed to secure the nation's energy future.

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Thumbs up to Brady Haines, a Clear Spring-area native and veteran of World War II, for spending the last 29 years visiting eight area cemeteries to place U.S. flags at the graves of veterans who are buried there. Haines' family has also gotten involved over the years. It would be a tribute to Haines, who's giving up the job, if another vet took it over.

Thumbs up to all of the men and women who have served in the armed forces of the U.S. from the American Revolution until today. Soldiers aren't the ones who make the decision to go to war, but they are the ones who bear the brunt of the action, coming home - if at all - changed mentally and physically. No one should forget their sacrifices and their needs

Thumbs down to whoever decided it was a good idea for the Martinsburg-Berkeley County (W.Va.) Public Libraries to offer to assist the Berkeley County Commissioners with a budget crunch by cutting back on library hours. Perhaps the local health department could help by cutting back on vaccinations or local food banks could stop giving out as much food as they do.

Thumbs up to Martin's Food Markets, and Giant Food Stores in the Tri-State area, for their donation of almost $40,000 to 16 local schools through the grocery chain's A+ School Rewards Program. Patrons who use their Bonus Cards at these stories can have funds designated to the school of their choice, so praise is also due to the shoppers who followed through.

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