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?