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Thumbs up, thumbs down

June 07, 2008

Thumbs up to U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-6th, for agreeing to investigate the circumstances behind the dismissal of Dr. Matthew Hahn, medical director at the Tri-State Community Health Center in Hancock. Hahn, whose patients say he is a dedicated care-giver, was a finalist for this year's Family Physician of the Year Award, given by the American Academy of Family Physicians and in 2007 he was named Maryland's Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner. Sounds like a jewel you wouldn't want to lose.

Thumbs up to all of the members of the Class of 2008, now graduating from either high school or college. You have accomplished a great deal through study and hard work just to get to this point. Now, after a well-deserved break, you will be entering the world of work and bringing your experience and unique insights to the job of making the world a better place. We wish you all the best on your journey.

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Thumbs down to Vice President Dick Cheney, for his so-called "joke" about alleged inbreeding in the state of West Virginia. Though he later apologized, saying through his press secretary that "it was an inappropriate attempt at humor that he should not have made," the apology would have been more convincing had he made it in person.

Thumbs up to Larry Wadel, for his 30 years of involvement in youth athletics, most of them at Williamsport High School, where he also worked as a mathematics teacher for 40 years - at a time when there could be up to 30 students in a class! Wadel is modest about his successes, which included two state championships, saying that he had "great athletes and a great school."

Thumbs up to all of the visitors at the Western Maryland Blues Fest who pitched in to help when Barbara Parry of Hampstead, Md., lost her purse. They contacted the Venice to have her room key changed and kept her from panicking. Someone who found it called and said they would mail it to her. Parry's conclusion? "This crowd is the way the world should be," she said.

Thumbs down to all of the bystanders and passersby in Hartford, Conn., who walked or drove past the 78-year-old victim of a hit-and-run accident without stopping to help. Police Chief Daryl Roberts said later that four people did dial 911, but no one diverted traffic from the victim and no one got closer than a few yards to the man. Luckily, a police car just happened to come by.

Thumbs up to Ella Starr, an 18-year-old graduate of the Chambersburg (Pa.) Area High School, for the decision to commit the next nine years of her life - four years at the Naval Academy and five years of active duty - to a military career. Many 18-year-olds don't know what they want to do next month, let alone years from now. To Starr and those like her, we appreciate your dedication and commitment.

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