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Thumbs up, thumbs down

March 07, 2009

Thumbs down to the latest bunch of Annapolis officials looking at the University System of Maryland-Hagerstown campus budget as easy pickings for cuts. You think they're gone and then they're back, like B-movie vampires. Can't the stakeholders chase them away somehow?




Thumbs up to Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore, for nixing a proposal to enable the sheriff to name ordinary citizens as special deputies during emergencies. Mullendore said he wanted to be able to deputize municipal officers, but only people with police training.




Thumbs down to all of the current Maryland General Assembly members who voted back in 1999 for the deregulation of electric power, a disaster that Gov. Martin O'Malley is trying to fix. We await their apologies with great interest.




Thumbs down to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for instituting a rule to force owners of dead cows - or those who render the bodies - to first remove the brains and spinal columns. It's a big expense that has already forced one Missouri packer out of business. The intent - to prevent disease - is good. Isn't there a less burdensome way?

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Thumbs up to Donald Bowman, a Washington County businessman, for taking a few decrepit buildings on Hagerstown's South Potomac Street and created office space and a nice new restaurant. He and all this week's Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber honorees deserve thanks.




Thumbs up to Christina Sanders, a Waynesboro (Pa.) Area Senior High School student who, as part of a school project, began a prom "dress exchange" to recycle donated gowns and give them to students who might not otherwise be able to afford the fancy finery.




Thumbs up to the Chambersburg (Pa.) Area School District administrators and the district's parent advisory council for cooperating to set up a March 3 question-and-answer session that covered many topics, including redistricting, middle schools and dropout rates.




Thumbs up to the Washington County emergency services officials who offered daytime staffing help to the Fairplay Volunteer Fore Co., shorthanded since at least 12 members resigned or were told their memberships wouldn't be renewed. Let's get this fixed, OK?




Thumbs up to Norfolk Southern, for its plans to build a new southcentral Pennsylvania intermodal freight transport facility in Franklin County, Pa., near exit 3 of Interstate 81 in what will become the Antrim Commons Business Park. All aboard!

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