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You Said It

November 21, 2005

Editor's note: The Morning Herald does not endorse any of these anonymous opinions. We encourage readers to put their names with their opinions through letters to the editor that appear each day on Page A4.




"Just so we can put this Smokey the Bear thing to rest, here is what I found on the Internet at www.smokeybear.com/vault: 'In 1952, Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins wrote the anthem that would cause a debate among Smokey enthusiasts for the next several decades. In order to maintain the correct rhythm, the writers added a "the" between 'Smokey' and 'Bear.' As testament to the song's popularity, Smokey Bear became known as 'Smokey the Bear' to many adoring fans, but in actuality his name never changed, and he is still known correctly as Smokey Bear.'"

- Hagerstown




"Broadfording Christian Academy has won the Mason Dixon Christian Conference volleyball championship for 2005. The Lady Lions had an undefeated season. This championship was last won by Broadfording 20 years ago. I have two granddaughters on the team and believe this championship is wonderful for: 1.) the girls who won it; 2.) the school which supported it; and 3.) the entire community, which is affected by this type of positive publicity. My two granddaughters are Cindel Young and Hannah Young. We are proud of you. Nan and Pap."

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- Hagerstown




"The person from Rohrersville who says that President Bush is doing an excellent job and that we should all support him sounds like a very nice person, but this person is not looking at the results. George W. Bush is arguably the worst president in American history."

- Hagerstown




"This is concerning crossing guard uniforms. In 1952, the police department was in charge of us, and we wore dark navy blue with white shirts and ties. Then the school board took charge of us in 1981. They gave us orange vests to wear over the dark blue so that drivers could see us. Now times have changed, and we wear yellow/green lightweight jackets to be seen even better. I understand that our new winter coats are to be yellow (I don't have one yet). All we need is to be given a red hat, and we will look like fruit salad. I have been a guard for 47 years, and I love it. I would wear purple if I could, but I wear what they give me. I agree that the old uniforms should be discarded; they are out of date. I got rid of mine. We still do a great job, and I am a very dedicated guard."

- Hagerstown




"I just want to say thank you to all the people out there who have nothing to do but complain about things, because I enjoy laughing at your remarks in the paper every day."

- Hagerstown




"The City Council is now considering complete recycling. My first thought is: Good. Can you imagine once- weekly garbage pickup? Don't call it trash; it's garbage. In hot weather, how gross and smelly. Come on, taxpayers, speak up."

- Hagerstown




"Gas in Frederick was $1.99 today at three of the service stations on the Golden Mile."

- Myersville




"The fact is that we, the USA, under George Bush and the Republican Party, started the religious wars of the 21st century. We're going backward in time, killing for religion. I hope the end comes soon. I hope somebody has the answer."

- Hagerstown




"I visit Hagerstown often, and I love reading (You Said It). I'm calling to thank the paper for the wonderful coverage for Ruth Ann Monroe. I saw at least three or four front-page articles about her during the time that she was ill, and when she passed. Thank you for the wonderful job."

- Baltimore




"I'm a lifelong Democrat, and I am very upset at the way my party is using the war as a political football. I think it's disgusting that these men are over there risking their lives, with some getting killed. These are brave men, and to have it used as a political thing to get back at some president I think is utterly disgraceful. When election time comes, I'll vote for anybody but a Democrat because I am really disgusted with my party."

- Hagerstown




"I see that another person has thrown their hat in the ring, running for office here in Maryland. They are also saying that they have plans for Western Maryland. I agree with the caller from a few weeks ago who stated that these politicians couldn't find Western Maryland if they had a map in their hands, except during an election year."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling on behalf of my mother, who is a resident of the Somerford nursing home on Sharpsburg Pike. One of the cooks there is leaving. My mother and some of the other residents would like to tell her 'Please don't go, please stay. We will miss you.'"




"This is to the woman who called about her phone bill and said that she'd like to pay it in person. Just get rid of the phone company and buy a cell phone. You can walk in and pay your bill every month."

- Hagerstown




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