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January 10, 2006
(Page 3 of 4)

"Your newspaper is not to blame for the inaccurate story on the miners' deaths - the AP wire service is. They should have reported that no official statement was available to confirm it."

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"I'm calling about the city and county taxes. I just realized today that if you don't pay them before October, they penalize you and charge you three percent on the taxes you owe. They're not even due until the end of the year, so they're six months ahead of schedule. Poor people on fixed incomes who can't afford to pay their taxes (early} are the ones who get fined and don't realize it until they go to pay their taxes. I don't think you should have to pay taxes six months ahead."

- Hagerstown




"This is for Terry Headlee, about the coal miners story. It's called 'attribution.' As long as you accurately identified and attributed to the correct source for your information, all you can do is report on what you have learned from your sources, and go on from there. None of us are God, and none of us are omnipotent. It's attribution."

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- Hagerstown




"This is for the person who was chortling about Pennsylvania drivers being pulled over on I-70 east in Maryland. I suppose the reason they only stop Pennsylvania drivers is that they don't want to upset the Maryland taxpayers - and maybe all the Maryland drivers have already bought radar detectors."

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"My heart goes out to the people who lost their family and friends in the recent coal mine accident. I have also lost family in one of the black holes they call coal mines."

- Hagerstown




"This is to the person in Boonsboro complaining about paying $19 every months for water. I live in Funkstown, and my last water bill was $280 for three months."

- Funkstown




"When the Bible said 'Thou shalt not kill,' it really meant 'Thou shalt not murder.' Things get lost in translation."

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"A caller said that Charley Reese was right about something. Well, it had to happen sometime."

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"This is to the person who said that the Maryland phone book doesn't list ZIP codes. The new December 2005 phone book that just came out has all Maryland ZIP codes, four pages before the yellow pages."

- Funkstown




"The Berkeley County commission should definitely not weaken the noise ordinance by reducing the hours during which it is in effect. Excessive noise is unacceptable whenever it occurs. Residents have a right to peace and quiet."

- Martinsburg, W.Va.




"I agree that it is senseless to throw away food. It is the parents' responsibility to make sure that their child is fed, especially at school. I try to keep track of my son's expenses from school, but they have all these extra food items. You can budget $2 a day, and tell your child not to buy extras, but they're going to anyway. Can't the school notify the student ahead of time so that we can better keep track of how much our kids have in their accounts, instead of throwing food away?"

- Hagerstown




"The whole issue of the school lunch policy is driving me crazy. No, there is nothing wrong with a bologna sandwich, but there is something wrong with wasting a meal. The ones who have not paid could have many reasons - not because they have deadbeat parents. Who doesn't live from paycheck from paycheck, with the rise in gas and energy prices? Lighten up with the rude comments about the little children and going without food."

- Hancock




"To the miners who lost their lives in West Virginia, may you rest in peace. And to the families who mourn them, God bless you all."

- Hagerstown




"Condoleezza Rice was asked at a hearing if they read their daily reports. She said 'We look at a couple of pages of each report.' One report said that bin Laden was planning to attack the U.S. She said 'We get them every day.' So eight months later, 9/11 happens under Bush, because they don't read, unless it's children's books. What Clinton did did not kill more than 2,000 troops and put 17,000 in Walter Reed."

- Clear Spring




"In sports reporter Dan Kauffman's column titled 'Know the rules if you're going to question the call' Kauffman chastises TV commentator Troy Aikman for stating that a tackle in the Redskins/Eagles game was not an illegal horse-collar tackle. Kauffman claims that it was an illegal horse-collar tackle. The fact is that Kauffman does not know the rule. The rule states that unless the shoulder pads are grasped, it is not a horse-collar tackle. The back collar of the jersey is legal."

- Hagerstown




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