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Area residents' reactions to Bush win is mixed

December 13, 2000

Area residents' reactions to Bush win is mixed



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Shoppers at Valley Mall were quick Wednesday night to offer opinions on Al Gore's concession to George W. Bush.

"It's about time. He's a crybaby," said Jim Shank of Hagerstown.

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In the United States there is justice and then there is law, Jack Smith of Hagerstown said while ringing a bell at the Valley Mall for the Salvation Army.

It may be proper under the law for Gore to concede to Bush, but justice has not prevailed, he said. The U.S. Supreme Court said it did not want to interfere with the Florida ballot-counting and yet that is essentially what it did, he said.

Some were just glad the ordeal was over.

"I think it's about time. Enough of this," said Sadie Garner of Hagerstown.

"It's finally over," said Brooke Nevilla of Hagerstown. "It should have been over a few months ago."

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Chic Hutton of Waynesboro, Pa., agreed. While Gore supporters were demanding a recount of ballots, some were counted three times, he said.

Others disagreed.

"I don't think it was right," said Patsy Barnhart of Hagerstown, who thought Gore won the Florida election. "They should have had a re-election."

Her son, Joe Barnhart, agreed, saying there should have been a statewide recount in Florida.

"I'd like to see an end to the electoral college," said Joe Johnson of Martinsburg, W.Va., who also expressed concern about the effect of this year's election problems on voter turnout in future elections.

His wife, Chris Johnson, said she hated to see all the questions about the Florida ballots arise. She voted for Bush while Joe voted for Gore, she said.

In some cases, members of the same family disagreed.

"It's unfair to us," said Rosylind Johnson of Hagerstown, who thought Gore was right to fight for recounts.

Her husband, Ronald Johnson, had a different opinion.

"It's about time it's over," he said.

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