Thumbs up to the Washington County School Board, for its proposal to require board members to disclose any possible conflicts of interest, such as spouses, parents, children or siblings working for the school system, whenever a board vote could be of financial benefit to them. They're not required to recuse themselves from such votes, but we're betting that most of them would.
Thumbs up to Adam O'Brien, for his decision to transfer the liquor license from Decourcy's Pub on Hagerstown's Mulberry Street to the former site of Meda's Tavern at 24 E. Franklin St., because of neighbors' complaints about noise at the Mulberry Street site. O'Brien and partner Alan Greenwald, told licensing officials that they plan to convert the old tavern into a nightclub that will feature jazz and classical music.
Thumbs down to the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, for asking Congress to alter testimony about the effects of global warming, saying it might make it tougher to avoid regulating greenhouse gases. At the same time, the White House was asking for the deletions in testimony by the head of the Centers for Disease Control because, it said, it doubted the science was accurate.