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Mail call

February 28, 2005

"The weather forecast is calling for colder temperatures and snow. I live on a rural back road and snow removable can be difficult. But Harry, the morning paper carrier, always makes sure my paper is on the front porch. Thank you for being so kind and thoughtful."

- Clear Spring




"I am 56 years old and my job was sent to Mexico. I have problems getting a new job that pays what I made previously. I have no benefits and no health insurance. I just paid my taxes for 2004 and I realized that I was paying for the health benefits and insurance for millionaires. President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. I voted for President Bush."

- Washington County




"Kudos to Tim Rowland on his 'time out for technology' column because if an engineer improves it or a politician fixes it, it is faux. Which is fouled up beyond belief."

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- Cascade




"I just want to say people should use more common sense when they're driving with cells phones. The woman I followed into Hagerstown in a small blue truck couldn't even keep her eyes on the road. She had one hand on the phone and one on the steering wheel. She missed every light, couldn't stay on her side of the yellow line or not even in her own lane on her side. You can't drive and have a conservation on the phone. People are doing it way too much and that is why they are taking this privilege away from everyone. Now, if you have an emergency that is a different thing. If these calls are that important, stay at home and make them. Since I'm out there on the road with you, I'd much rather you concentrate on your driving or stay at home and make your calls."

- Washington County




"In memory of R.S. Myers, gone but not forgotten. "

- Hagerstown




"I was going to the Sharpsburg school on Md. 34 and I saw a beautiful dog that was killed along the way. Then on Potomac Street I happened to look around while stopped for traffic and there in amongst the trash was a beautiful red dog. I don't know if it was dead or not but it was lying really still. I think people need to take better care of their animals because it was really sad. That was such a beautiful dog."

- Boonsboro




"Boy, talk about a sure sign of spring. I just witnessed a spectacle that few people ever have the opportunity to witness. Believe me, spring is not far away. I just saw at least 80 some wild turkeys out back of the house here in the woods. There was at least a dozen gobblers and some of them were really strutting their stuff, but the ladies didn't seem to be interested just yet, but boy spring can't be far away."

- Big Pool




"Can you believe the city council meeting on Tuesday night? I thought I was watching the Comedy Central channel. What a joke this has become. I think our mayor has totally lost control. People yelling back and forth in the council chambers. This is a joke, folks. These people need to let this thing go."

- Hagerstown




"This is in reference to the Rebel flag. I'm proud of my heritage. I'm from the South and when I display the Rebel flag it's not racist. It's stating that I'm proud of being from the South."

- Fairplay




"To the Mail Caller who got a big laugh out of the cost of the Iraq war. It's higher than 200 billion anyway right now. Don't laugh because it could go a lot higher when we get into war with Iran, Syria and maybe in North Korea."

- Washington County




"I'd like to comment on the note about remedial classes at the community college. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. I've taught elementary school for 23 years and as each year goes by I see less desire on the part of students to learn. There are too many distractions such as ball games and other hobbies. And too many over-committed parents who just don't have the time to back up the schools. There's too much lack of respect for authority. I can teach all day long but if the student does not value what I'm teaching, he or she will learn just enough to pass the upcoming test. Not enough to build a foundation for future learning. I wish it were different but I don't have the power to make it so. That lies in the family values. Establishing a value for education and what education helps you to become a better person, a better citizen, this comes from the home."

- Washington County




"There was a person in the paper asking what an emancipated person is. That's a minor who goes to court and gets permission from the judge to become an adult and live on their own. They don't need an adult or parent to tell them what to do or make decisions for them."

- Washington County




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