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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - May 12

May 11, 2012

Thumbs up to Washington County government for taking steps to become one of the first county governments in the United States to generate all the power it uses on its own property. The power would be generated using solar panels at landfills to produce 100 percent clean, renewable energy that is generated with no moving parts, toxins or water use.


Thumbs up to the communities and companies that work with Horizon Goodwill Industries to employ people with disabilities or medical conditions, limited education or work experience, a criminal record or a history of substance abuse, or who have lost their jobs due to the economy. Some of the high-achieving individuals and businesses in Goodwill’s four-state service area were honored Wednesday night.


Thumbs up to the Pennsylvania Senate, which approved two bills Tuesday honoring local members of the military who were killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. A portion of Pa. 316 in Franklin County will be designated as Staff Sgt. Richard J. Tieman Memorial Highway, and a portion of Pa. 16 in Franklin County will be designated as Master Sgt. Benjamin F. Bitner Memorial Highway.


Thumbs up to the voters who turned out this week to cast ballots in town elections in Funkstown, Boonsboro and Smithsburg. Residents who take an active role in their town’s government, either by serving as mayor or on the council, or by exercising their right to vote for those who do, are to be commended.


Thumbs down to the Waynesboro (Pa.) Area Education Association and the district’s school board, who continue to wrangle over a teacher contract, prompting teachers to authorize a strike in a vote taken Wednesday. The last teacher contract expired nearly two years ago and the sides have been at odds since.

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