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Thumbs up: To two local students whose artwork will grace local billboards. The pair used their artistic acumen to try to persuade others to steer clear of heroin.

Sherby Hector, 17, a senior at William Penn Senior High School, and Jack Korver, also 17, a junior at York Suburban High School, have been recognized for their talent – and their compassion, as well.

The pair entered a contest initiated by the York County Heroin Task Force. The artwork will go up on billboards starting in May or June, said Tom Loper, vice president/general manager of the Hellam Township-based Lamar Advertising Co., which teamed up with Penn Waste to cover costs.

The plan is to put the art on 10 to 12 billboards across the county over the next four to six months, Loper said.

Thumbs up: To the Treasury Department for determining that Harriet Tubman should replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

The decision, announced Wednesday, makes Tubman the first woman on U.S. paper currency in a century.

Tubman, a 19th-century abolitionist and leader of the Underground Railroad, replaces Jackson, the slave-owning seventh U.S. president.

This decision speaks to our national values and it recognizes that there is much to atone for in our history. While this is a small and relatively superficial step, it is a long-overdue step in the right direction.

Thumbs up: To the advocates — many of them parents of children, or family members of loved ones, with medical conditions that could be greatly eased through the use of medical marijuana — who stayed the course and saw Gov. Tom Wolf sign the medical cannabis legislation, SB3, into law this past week.

A tip of the cap to state legislators, too, led by Sen. Mike Folmer, who put aside their discomfort with the basic idea of marijuana to learn more about medical cannabis, its forms and benefits.

A good amount of work went into this bill and, as Folmer wrote in his essay on our Thursday opinion page, it may not be perfect. But it signifies a willingness by our Legislature to be compassionate.

It also indicates that a good deal of compromise got done for the benefit of those who are suffering.

When politicians stop campaigning and become policy makers, and they put aside partisan differences, it is then that they are truly doing the work of the people.

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