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January 20, 2006

Editor's note - The Morning Herald doesn't endorse any of these anonymous opinions. We encourage readers to include their names with their opinions through letters to the editor that appear each day on page A4.




"Wow! There are a lot of complaints in this column. To those who think that teachers have it easy, go spend a school day with a Washington County teacher! Walk in their shoes and you will stop putting them down. We have many great teachers who do an excellent job with our youngsters."




"To the person from Sharpsburg who seemed to think that by printing a general 'thank you' for wedding gifts in this column, I say, 'Shame on you!' People took the time to pick out cards, gifts, write checks, take out cash, buy an outfit, pay for transportation and so many other things to attend your wedding and that's how you thank them for their kindness? I put a personal note inside the thank-you cards I sent after my wedding to 300 individual people and had them in the mail within two weeks of my return from my honeymoon. Your wedding guests, and anyone that sent you a gift, deserve no less than a handwritten note addressed to each of them."

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- Greencastle, Pa.




"The new Medicare law was supposed to provide prescription drug coverage for seniors. Instead, it was a giant giveaway to the insurance and drug companies. The companies hired 952 lobbyists, spent $141 million on lobbying and contributed $30 million to campaigns. The law prohibits the government from bargaining with the drug companies for lower prices while allowing the insurance companies to do so. Drug companies are making huge profits. Millions of our seniors are not only very confused by the law, they are being hurt by it."

- Martinsburg, W.Va.




"To the person from Halfway who said younger people don't give thanks because they don't want to. That is absolutely not true. Yes, some younger people are disrespectful, but there are just as many senior citizens who are just as disrespectful. I am sick of holding the door for older people and not hearing a thank you. I am a respectful young person and am offended when I am treated like dirt by older people. I deserve just as much respect as older people do. So next time you senior citizens get upset that you don't get respected by younger people, maybe you should stop and think about the last time you respected younger people. Everyone - young, old, rich and poor - deserve respect."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"It was Dick Cheney as Secretary of Defense under the first George Bush who drastically cut the Pentagon's budget. He said that since the Cold War was over, we didn't need all that money. He also outsourced many of the duties that the military had been performing, such as resupplying and feeding our soldiers, as well as providing electricity and maintenance on military bases. Most of the contracts went to Halliburton. Funny that Dick Cheney then went to work for Halliburton. The Democrats and Republicans both cut the military budget. Saddam Hussein was not an enemy of the U.S. Sure, he hated the U.S., but he never had any intention of attacking. He had nothing to do with 9/11. George Bush and the Republicans rushed to invade Iraq - maybe for oil, or for revenge for the lies they spread that Saddam tried to kill the first George Bush. Either way, the Republicans hold the responsibility. They sent our troops to war."

- Sharpsburg




"This is for the Hagerstown caller who commented in the Tuesday, Jan. 17, paper that Penny Nigh always votes 'no,' and that she must be trying to go to work for Capitol One. Capitol One is not the one that says 'no.' It's the other credit cards. Get your facts straight."

- Hagerstown




"Someone commented that Penny Nigh voted 'no' again, and the person made a kind of smart remark about how she always votes no. She votes 'no' for one reason: To save taxpayers money. I'm glad there's somebody in office who is trying to see that my tax money is spent the way it should be, and not on ridiculous stuff like four-wheel drive vehicles for city workers, and inspectors walking the streets. If Hagerstown thinks they're going to get people to buy homes in this town and keep them very long, they're crazy. Penny, keep up the good work and try to save my tax dollars."

- Hagerstown




"I'm reading in the paper where someone is talking about the governor raising taxes, and he praises Parris Glendening. Glendening also had a $300 million surplus, and he pushed it out of the taxpayers' hands and right down the drain. His statement was that you gave him the money to spend, so he was going to spend it. He didn't care what he spent it on, and that put Maryland in the hole. I wouldn't vote for Glendening if you paid me. Schaefer was no better. All he did was cost taxpayers money."

- Hagerstown




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