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April 17, 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.




"I am so very tired of the same old rhetoric about how Bush 'lied to get us into Iraq.' Just where is the evidence? All the intelligence from multiple sources indicated a threat. Our men and women in uniform are making huge differences for the people there. Can't you people just be supportive of that effort or is it absolutely necessary to be negative at every turn?"




"This is to the caller in Hancock, about my wife's handicapped space. It's a private space, and it has numbers on it that go with her sticker. Not just anyone can park there - just her."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling in response to the caller who said that people need to pay more attention and listen more carefully regarding racism. Of course, everyone knows there's racism everywhere - that's common sense. You need to walk in an African-American's shoes before you can make that response. What we African-American people are talking about is when you have to defend against it or respond to it four or five times a week, at restaurants, at jobs - and there is discrimination when it comes to jobs."

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- Hagerstown




"I live in downtown Hagerstown on the Dual Highway. I'm responding to a statement in the Tuesday, April 11, Mail Call from someone saying that they couldn't sleep because of the road noise. I can't sleep just because I'm getting old, but I've found that for the most part, the police enforce the noise law pretty well. Every so often an individual will cause trouble, but basically there's no consistent thing like when we first moved here."

- Hagerstown




"All these people are squawking about the Iraq war and saying the soldiers don't belong there. When you enlist in the military, you sign a contract and you go where you're supposed to go."

- Hagerstown




"I'm wondering if anybody else went to the Cherry Blossom Festival and parade last Saturday, April 8, and was very disappointed. The cherry blossoms were over, and it didn't seem very well-organized. They said they would have shuttle buses, but after we got off the train, we were on our own. It was a miserable day, but I know you can't help the weather."

- Clear Spring




"I'm calling about Holly Place maybe being closed. It's for so many people who need a home. We help REACH, we help The Salvation Army, we help everybody else in this county. Why can't senior citizens have a home now while they're still here on earth? If they take this away from the senior citizens, pretty soon they'll take away Potomac Towers, Walnut Towers and all the other places for senior citizens. I hope this town will congregate enough people to march in the town like the immigrants do, to voice their opinion and keep Holly Place open."

- Hagerstown




"On behalf of former President Clinton, regardless of the C-SPAN survey, Clinton was one of our better presidents. When he went out of office, there was no deficit like we now have. Also, he is a good public speaker and can certainly quote facts and figures."

- Hagerstown




"I see that our tax dollars are going to a new armored rescue vehicle with the macho name of Lenco Bearcat, at a cost of $201,282. Our politicians cannot seem to scrape up a few thousand dollars for Holly Place to take care of low-income senior citizens. Anybody involved with this should be ashamed of themselves."

- Boonsboro




"I see that there is bipartisan politics being practiced here in Maryland. It doesn't make sense to me. A very wise celebrity and activist (with the emphasis on 'activist') said that the word 'bipartisan' usually means that some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out. We need better-informed taxpayers and voters in this state and in Washington County."

- Hagerstown




"More than half the people are saying that Bush is not trustworthy. Why did it take six years? In 2000, I knew that there was something wrong, when I heard that the governor of Texas had 153 people executed - more than any governor in history. That was George Bush."

- Clear Spring




"My husband and I are both retired, and we have a well-trained, well-behaved senior dog. My husband and I are of the baby noom generation, and we have been homeowners for about 30 years. We would like to sell our home and take a vacation. We also have some health issues that we are dealing with, so the upkeep of our home is becoming especially hard for us - mostly the outside work. We have been looking for a pet-friendly apartment for about six months. I know for a fact that this area discriminates against pet owners, because we have experienced it firsthand."

- Clear Spring




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