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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Jan. 14

January 14, 2012

Thumbs up to Jacob and Jaleigh Blickenstaff, brothers who spent part of their Saturday morning last weekend gathering trash along the Spade Road bridge west of Hagerstown. It’s refreshing to see today’s youth taking an interest in preserving the environment for their generation and for future ones.

Thumbs up to the Washington County Board of Commissioners, who this week agreed to have county attorneys draft an ordinance authorizing the use of the cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. The cameras would be installed at no cost to the county or school board, and a portion of the fines collected would go toward public safety initiatives.

Thumbs up to 19-year-old Lindsay Upperman of Chambersburg, Pa., who this week took grand champion market steer honors at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The victory is the culmination of many hours of hard work for the animal sciences major at Butler County Community College in Wichita, Kan.

Thumbs down to short-sighted politicians, who repeatedly redirect tax money from its intended purposes. A portion of county hotel-motel tax was intended for a new minor-league baseball stadium. The gas tax was intended for the transportation fund. Now the bill comes due in the form of deteriorating roads and a baseball team threatening to move over the condition of stadium facilities.

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