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December 02, 2005

"Mr. Kline does not speak for the Brightwood Acres community. I'm glad that he's lived here for more than 30 years, but some of us have lived here for 48 years. This neighborhood actually looks better than it did when it was new, with all the beautiful mature trees, and houses that have aged gracefully. I really don't care about the hospital coming here. I have excellent insurance, but I won't go to this new hospital. I go to the VA hospital where the care is just wonderful. The area around this neighborhood has changed because there has been one special exception after another granted. Over and over, our zoning laws have been violated. We're organizing a group right now and we're going to sue. I hope it drags out for years and costs the hospital $100 million more, because they don't want to put it in the right place."

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- Hagerstown




"The best place to build the hospital is at the golf course. The ground is paid for, there are good roads, and it's closer to town for town people. It's also good for people in the county. I don't see how they can build it anywhere else. We wouldn't have all these problems."

- Hagerstown




"A caller said that George Bush was trying to ease our dependence on oil. The Bush family has been in business with the Saudi Arabians for decades, going back to Prescott Bush, George Bush's grandfather. It's a shame that these people have to call in to your newspaper and waste space. Worse, these people are breathing good air that intelligent people could be breathing."

- Maugansville




"I would like to know if someone who reads Mail Call has a Swiss Colony catalog. It comes out just at Christmas, and the company sells candies, nuts and cookies. I have misplaced my catalog and I wanted to order some things. If someone would call me, I'd really appreciate it. My phone number is 301-739-2478. Thank you."

- Hagerstown




"I'm 62 years old, and this country is at the lowest point I've ever seen. I'm watching on TV now that a Lowe's in Texas is calling the Christmas tree a 'holiday tree' to appease the minority that keeps yelling about not wanting Christmas or anything to do with Christ. They ought to leave this country and go where they don't celebrate like we do. I'm sick and tired of everybody coming into this country and telling us what to do. This country was founded on Christianity, and if those people don't like it, they ought to get a better country. These gutless politicians who let all this happen need to be removed from office."

- Sharpsburg




"Mr. Russell, I read your article in the Sunday, Nov. 27 Herald-Mail, and found it to be not the least bit informative. You tell the public that we are to be prepared, but for what exactly? Do you know something that we should know, or are you intentionally trying to scare everyone? It is good to be prepared, but since some of us can't walk and have little financial means, would you be kind enough to tell us how we get to a shelter? It seems to me that you are about as knowledgeable as Mr. Brown of FEMA was. Please elaborate."

- Hagerstown




"I want to give a huge congratulations to my son Bam Sterling for competing and finishing in his second JFK 50 mile marathon. I also want to congratulate my grandson Thomas Sterling for making the honor roll, and to give a big thank you to my son Tyree and his wife Gloria for giving me a new grandson named Eli Daniel Sterling. I am truly a blessed woman. Love, Mom/Nana."




"I had a very pleasant experience yesterday. I was walking home from my doctor's office, and I looked down and found an envelope. It appeared to have a check in it. A few minutes later, a woman came running up the street yelling, and she asked me about the envelope. She told me her name, and it matched the one on the envelope, so I gave it to her to her in good faith. I walked away feeling so good that I had done a good deed. Wouldn't it be nice if everybody would do this? We could not only make others' days more pleasant, but even our own."

- Hagerstown




"It still amazes me that so many people are saying that Bush lied to get us into a war. One Mail Caller from Monday's paper says 'The blood is on your hands'. No, it isn't - it's on your hands for doing nothing. The blood on my hands is that of the insurgents; our enemies. Have you forgotten? All of Congress voted to go to war - Democrats, too - based on the same information that Bush had. If you're going to blame anybody, blame Congress, not just Bush. If people would just spend five or ten minutes a day reading the facts, you would see this, but you're so busy trying to think of ways to bash Bush all the time. I guarantee you that if John Kerry were President right now, the war would be on our land."

- Hagerstown




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