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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Dec. 11

December 11, 2010

Thumbs up to Robert “Bob” Carder Jr. of Hagerstown, who recently received the Beulah T. Meyers Award for distinguished humanitarian service from the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross. The award is the highest bestowed through the chapter.

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to the scores of volunteers who made possible the 22nd annual Antietam National Battlefield memorial illumination last weekend. The National Park Service and its volunteers once again produced a one-of-a-kind event. Thanks!

Thumbs down to the knuckleheads stealing copper pipes out of vacant homes throughout the community so they can make money when they resell it. We know times are tough, but this is adding insult to injury. Stop it!

Thumbs up to Washington County Commissioner John F. Barr, who donated some of his leftover campaign money to help sponsor last weekend’s tree-lighting ceremony at City Park in Hagerstown. While some candidates hold on to their leftover campaign money for future elections, Barr decided to put his money to good use in the community.

Thumbs up to the more than 170 airmen and their families who were honored last weekend by the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 167th Airlift Wing at the second annual Hometown Heroes Salute. This was an excellent way to honor not only the airmen, but their families for the sacrifices they make to defend our freedom.

Thumbs down to those who stole toys from Toys for Tots boxes in the Chambersburg, Pa., area last week. This is a shameless act of greed, especially in light of all those out there who are willing and able to help those who really need things at the holidays.

Thumbs up to Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who suspended defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth for the final four games of the 2010 season for “conduct detrimental to the club.” It’s hard to stomach the actions of Haynesworth, who signed a contract for more than $100 million and has been a thorn in the Redskins’ side ever since. With all of the turmoil surrounding the team over the last few seasons, it’s good to see Shanahan deliver a loud and clear message and show who’s in charge.

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