Thumbs up, Thumbs down

August 07, 2009

Thumbs Up

To Washington County Public Schools officials for agreeing to implement an anti-bullying policy. The Board of Education on Tuesday voted to phase in the program, which will teach faculty how to spot and to deal with bullying, over the next few years.

To CSX, for repairing the railroad crossing across from the Old Park Circle restaurant near City Park in Hagerstown. It was a long time in coming, but the job was done well.

To the scores of new teachers hired by Washington County public schools for the 2009-10 school year. You're working with our community's most cherished asset. Lead the effort to continue the improvement we've seen in the school system the past few years. And good luck!


To the residents who live along or near Jonathan Street in Hagerstown. You've lived through two summers of noise, torn-up streets, dirt and grime as part of a major water and sewer upgrade. You've endured the inconvenience with great patience and understanding. Perhaps a lesson there for us all.

To the Conococheague Little League team that won the Maryland state championship for players ages 11 and 12. Quite an accomplishment. The team began play Friday in the regional tournament in Bristol, Conn. Good luck!

To John Estes, a Boonsboro woodworker, who has tirelessly created and donated dinosaur exhibits to the Boonsboro Library, all the elementary schools in Washington County, and who is now working to do the same for elementary schools in Allegany and Garrett counties.

To former President Bill Clinton for his diplomatic efforts this week in convincing North Korea to release the two U.S. journalists being held there. Say what you will about Clinton, but he finds a way to get things done.

Thumbs Down

To the slow pace of street construction along Jonathan Street in Hagerstown. The sewer project has resulted in torn up streets for well over a year, and partially closed streets for the past two summers. For the sake of the neighborhood, whose residents have had to deal with the disruption, we hope this project is completed sooner rather than later.

To The Herald-Mail: Last Saturday, we gave a thumbs up to an ex-Hagerstown Community College and former Williamsport High basketball player, but an editor misidentified him. The player's name is Will Taylor. Will was offered a basketball scholarship by Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. We will renew our wish of "good luck" to Will, and apologize to him and our readers for our error.

To those who took the dirt bike of Noah Houser, an 11-year-old boy from the Waynesboro, Pa., area. Noah, who has Tourette syndrome, worked hard and raised a lot of the money to buy that bike, which was stolen from his home last week in Washington Township.

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