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You Said It

May 22, 2006

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.




"I would like to thank the person who called Animal Control on Friday, May 12, about a fearful dog on Western Maryland Parkway. That was my dog. He hid in a storm drain, and if you had not called in, I would never have looked for him in that area. Thanks to you, he is safely home, and I am very grateful. "




"I see where they are talking about artificial turf for the stadium at North High. I am supportive of a stadium at North, but I think this is a little ridiculous. What's next, skyboxes, a food court or maybe a dome? If this becomes a reality, it would be interesting to see how many would be equally supportive of putting artificial turf at South High."

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- Halfway




"I don't understand why the local/national media report and comment on what occurs on 'American Idol.' Does this really qualify as news? Out of curiosity, I tuned in for an episode and I'm quite sure it doesn't even qualify as entertainment. As with disco and big hair, this too shall pass." - Cavetown




"This is for the 37-year-old who suffered a heart attack and is looking for work. She said that she has to be honest about her heart attack, but she's not getting hired because of it. She doesn't have to be honest. Sometimes we're forced to tell a lie. It's not like she's lying for selfish reasons or anything. She's lying to obtain a job. She'll find in life that sometimes you have to tell a lie. She's just going to have to tell a lie, it's that simple. I wish her luck."

- Hagerstown




"I would like to know what experience John P. Donoghue, Matthew Celentano, Deputy Director of Maryland Citizens Health Initiative and Cathy Dotson of the Bethel Corp. have that they write like they do about Wal-Mart. I wish they would take the time to read, and reread, the article that Charley Reese wrote last week: 'Don't blame Wal-Mart for being successful.'"

- Ringgold




"I keep hearing about all the crime on East Franklin and East Washington streets. It also happens elsewhere. There is a fairgrounds Neighborhood Watch, Crime Watch and the downtown We Care watch. They all watch out for the bad folks. There are also the Citizens on Patrol who ride around in vehicles, looking for crime. It doesn't cost you one red cent to belong to those groups instead of sitting back complaining about the officers. The bicycle cops, as you refer to them, are also called the Downtown Squad. They do an excellent job and always cover Hagerstown the best they can with the number of men they have. All you have to do is watch Channel 6 for the phone numbers of the different crime watches, and call. They will be more than happy to take you as a member."

- Fiddlersburg




"The reason landlords in the City of Hagerstown are selling their properties is because of an ordinance passed called the Nigh Ordinance. That is the ordinance that makes everyone keep their house or apartment building in tip-top shape. It's a great idea, but it's abused by the code compliance people, not the landlords. Mrs. Nigh had a good idea, but unfortunately it's not working."

- Fiddlersburg




"Where is the light at Alternate 40 in Boonsboro? It is a tragedy waiting to happen."

- Boonsboro




"They have got to put a stoplight at the Citicorp intersection on Mason Dixon Road at State Line. Citicorp employees pull out in front of you and don't bother to see what's coming. There is going to be a huge accident someday, and with all the calls about it to (You Said It), the County Commissioners or the road department should take warning because it's a lawsuit waiting to happen."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about teenage pregnancy. Give these young girls about two dozen dirty diapers and a diaper pail, and let them wash the diapers out. Maybe if they had to do something like that, like their mothers or grandmothers had to do ... My sister got pregnant at 19, and my mother made two or three dozen diapers for her. After she worked in the laundry all day, she came home and washed diapers and took care of a baby. When her boyfriend came out of the service from the South Pacific, they got married, and they're now 80 and 83 years old, still going strong. They raised seven kids and they didn't have any help other than the help from the family."

- Hagerstown




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