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March 14, 2009

Thumbs down to Bernard "Bernie" Madoff, who pleaded guilty this week to a multi-billion-dollar fraud scheme, saying he was "deeply sorry and ashamed." Not so sorry, however, that he would reveal names of any family members or accomplices who helped him steal.




Thumbs up to all of the candidates who competed in Hagerstown's March 10 primary election. Those who did not win provided the valuable service of making the incumbents justify their records and giving the voters a choice for all of the city's offices. Thank you so much.




Thumbs down to the person or persons who stole about 70 campaign signs for Hagerstown mayoral contender Ann Holtzman. It's not the monetary value of the signs that makes this serious, but the attempt to stifle political debate.




Thumbs down to Del. John L. Bohanan Jr., D-St. Mary's, for saying that he supports a funding cut for the University System of Maryland's Hagerstown campus, but said he doesn't want to shut down the local center. We believe him; where else would he find such an easy target to siphon off money for his own area?

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Thumbs up to Josh Voth of Kansas, Viktor Schwendich of Germany and Nathan Strite and other volunteers at the Cumberland Valley Relief Center on U.S. 11 near PA. 914. Working together, they filled an estimated 26,000 cans with turkey thigh meat for hungry people all over the world.




Thumbs down to Maryland State Sens. John Astle, D-Anne Arundel, and E.J. Pipkin, R-Caroline/Cecil/Kent/Queen Anne's, for their bill to privatize Maryland State Police's medical aviation services. Surely there are areas not related to medical care that can be cut.




Thumbs up to Joshua Watkins, a lifetime member of the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co., for sitting in the hot sun last summer in front of Gracie's Place in downtown Funkstown, selling rubber ducks for a fundraising event. He sold 427 ducks and received $284.22 in donations.




Thumbs up to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin for his "1,000 percent" commitment to protecting the interests of thoroughbred horse racing in the Eastern Panhandle. He wonders why horsemen fear a new agency consolidation bill. Why not ask them, Joe?

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