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September 20, 2005

"Why do people have to go overseas to adopt children when there are so many children in this country who need parents? Why can't they adopt those children instead of going out of the country?"

- Falling Waters, W. Va.




"I think it's really cool that the ARC of Washington County put a picture in Thursday's paper of the Marbern Road Gang on vacation in Ocean City. I think it's awesome that they actually do things like that and I look forward to seeing where they go on vacation next."




"What has President Bush done for this country? I would like to know one good thing."

- Falling Waters, W. Va.




"This is for Amy, who works at River City Market in Williamsport. She is a very nice girl, and always has a smile for everyone who goes in the store. She is very kind and gentle, and a perfect person for the public. She does her job with a smile."

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- Williamsport




"I'd like to comment on the gazebo that is being built in front of Salem Avenue School. I feel that we never have money for supplies and education in the schools, so it seems like a big excess."

- Hagerstown




"Do you remember during the last election campaign, when John Kerry accidentally left his microphone on and said that this was the most crooked administration he's ever seen? We all thought it was just a political ploy, but we found out that John Kerry knew what he was talking about. George Bush is going on the air. He'll promise millions and billions of dollars, and try to make everything right, but just keep track of where this money's going. George W. Bush, this is the beginning of the end for you."

- Hagerstown




"I think that the projects that are being remodeled off of Burhans Boulevard should be donated to the people from New Orleans. I think they'd appreciate more than the people who had them before who didn't take care of them. I think it would be a wonderful gesture for these people who truly need homes and would take of them, so that they don't become another eyesore in Hagerstown."

- Hagerstown




"I agree that there should be investigations into welfare and disability, since there are people like my co-worker, who commented that she needed to get pregnant again so that she could stay home (this is her sixth pregnancy). Her husband chooses not to work, and she will not have to go back to work until her newest child is of school age. I think it's pathetic and sickening that she's getting checks for having babies. My tax dollars go to feed other people's children, and I think it's selfish to bring children into the world that you cannot feed."

- Hagerstown




"The president and the Republican-led Congress and Senate have passed an emergency bill to help the rebuilding efforts in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. They repealed a law for these three states that says that federal contractors must pay a comparable wage, so instead of getting $9 an hour, these people could be paid less - even minimum wage. Republicans don't care about the average citizen. Bush has no idea what it's like to try to earn a decent living."

- Sharpsburg




"This controversy concerning the Pledge of Alliance reminds me of a quote by George Carlin when he said 'Suppose you took an oath by placing your right hand on the Bible and raising your left hand. Would the oath still count?' Does God really care whether you raise your right hand or your left hand when you take an oath? Nowadays, does anyone even care?"

- Hagerstown




"About the land on Sterling Road, I think the mayor and Town Council shouldn't worry about what's going on out there and get the town of Williamsport straightened out. On Sterling Road, they built two developments, they're getting ready to build one on Md. 68, and they built a big development on top of the Little League in Williamsport. Nothing was said about it. These people farmed this land all of their lives, and I think they should be able to do what they want to do with that land, and retire in peace."

- Williamsport




"To the person who talks about their child coming home with clothes torn, etc., I'm sorry to say, but this is the trend in public schools today. That's why I, as a former teacher in public schools, changed to being a teacher in private schools. We do not permit that kind of nonsense. The public schools in and around Hagers-town are among the worst that there are in this county."

- Washington County




"New Orleans is not Sin City; New Orleans is the Big Easy. Las Vegas is Sin City."




"This is in response to the question 'Why do parents today have to drive their kids to school?' This has always been a question in this column, and my answer is that I have to leave my house to drive my 2-year-old to pre-school, so why shouldn't I be able to drop my son off at school since I'm already going past the school? I'm a working mother, so why should I sit at home to wait for the bus when I have to go out anyway?"

- Hagerstown




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