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October 06, 2005
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"I'd like to make a suggestion to Herald-Mail reporters. Recently, the paper has done several articles on autism. Can someone please look into possible unfair practices on the autism waiver? My son is autistic and has been on a waiting list for three years, during which time I have met parents whose children are younger and recently diagnosed, and are already receiving services. "

- Hagerstown




"Maybe these sex offenders should have thought about all this before they did what they did."




"I have been on this earth for more than 55 years, and we have had hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes. I cannot remember these things having effects on high gas prices -only now. I wonder why."

- Clear Spring




"I was wondering if anyone knew what 'yield' and 'merge' means. It means that if you're coming out onto a road, you don't just keep coming and expect somebody to let you in. You yield - that means slow down and/or stop if you have to, to get into traffic. Please learn that, or there's going to be a very bad accident."

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- Glenside




"I'd just like to congratulate the Washington Redskins on a 3 and 0 start. It hasn't been like that since 1991, the last time they won the Super Bowl. Just as long as they win, win ugly, it doesn't matter, it's beautiful. Go, Skins."

- Halfway




"The president's plan is to let the Democrats filibuster Ms. Miers' confirmation to the Supreme Court. Then Ms. Miers will withdraw for the good of the country, and the president will nominate the person he really wants to sit on the court. What will the Democrats do then?"

- Rohrersville




"I see in the Tuesday, Oct. 3, paper that a truck driver from Maugansville gave his opinion about teens and cell phone use not being any worse than senior citizens driving. He thinks they're the problem, but I think truck drivers are the biggest problem on the road the way they drive. Think before you speak."

- Hagerstown




"This is about everybody wanting to give the $40 refund back for education. In my opinion, education has enough money, and they don't spend it the way they should. They like to put it in administrative fees. So send my $40 to me. I need it, and politicians haven't helped me any."

- Hagerstown




"I think the stadium at North High is ridiculous and a total waste of money. They could have honored Mr. Callas in numerous ways. They didn't need this stadium, and they still don't need it. Now they're saying in advertisements that it will benefit everybody in the county. How is that stadium going to benefit people in Sandy Hook or Sharpsburg, or Hancock?"

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling in response to the comment about Halloween being celebrated in public schools. Halloween is still celebrated in public schools. I have three children in public schools, and they have had Halloween parties every year. Also, I don't have a problem with it."

- Hagerstown




"I readily admit that I am a Bush basher. If the man ever does anything right, I'll stop bashing him."

- Hagerstown




"They'd better do something with sex offenders. The reason it's still happening is because no one wants to do anything about it. These people are sick, and they need to be put away to show them that this is wrong. They shouldn't even have to register; they should be put in jail, to stay there until they die. Children have rights, too - not only the sex offenders."




"With all the talk of cell phone use while driving, I think that police officers and emergency personnel should take heed also. I've also seen business people using cell phones while they're driving, and I just don't think it's right."

- Williamsport




"Last week, at two different places in Hagerstown, I tried to get a drink of water from a public water fountain, and it tasted so stale, moldy and musty that I almost gagged. I presume it's safe to drink, but how do you Hagerstown residents stand it? Give me well water anytime."

- Frederick, Md.




"I think it's very nice that the people of Washington County are supporting the hurricane victims, but I do believe that they should be putting some money back for low-income people here, for fuel and food this winter."

- Boonsboro




"I am tired of reading the number of U.S. soldiers who have been killed. Let's do it equally, and put down the number of insurgents that we have killed - or are we not arming our men any longer in this war?"

- Keedysville




"I'm reading in the paper about people growing heavier all the time. Maybe it's not our bodies causing us to be overweight, but all the additives put in food, the hormones they feed the animals, and the stuff they put in the ground to grow our food. All that could have a lot to do with the way people are becoming more overweight. It's not that they don't try to diet, it's the additives."

- Falling Waters, W.Va.




"I'd like to know why gas has gone up 30 cents a gallon here in Hagerstown, while other places are just 3 to 11 cents higher, according to CNN. Who's checking on gas gouging in this area?"

- Hagerstown




"I asked the Department of Motor Vehicles about four-wheelers, golf carts, 'gators,' and lawn mowers being run on the road. They said they are absolutely not permitted on the road, even with a triangle sign. I guess somebody ought to tend to their business about taking them off the road."

- Sharpsburg




"Today I paid half of my property tax, because I could not pay in full. I hope we do get a tax rebate. I see no point in giving a tax rebate to businesses, as most do not own the building. Landlords get to deduct all expenses, plus depreciation for the building. I can't do that."

- Cearfoss




"First, The Herald-Mail applauds the $13,500 impact fee on a developer/homebuyer. Now, they support giving $9,000 back to help homebuyers. The Herald-Mail math expert editor needs the calculator from the BOE and the county commissioners."

- Hagerstown


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