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July 03, 2006

"I'm wondering if anyone has noticed the trains in Maugansville beginning to be a real nuisance late at night. They come through in the evening, 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning, blaring the horns coming up to the intersection. It's really disturbing. It's woken me up on numerous occasions. I've lived in Maugansville about 15 years, and it just seems to be getting a lot worse."

- Maugansville




"Someone called in to chastise The Herald-Mail for not putting in a story about the weapons of mass destruction they found last week in Iraq. That's because the story wasn't true. That's because there were a bunch of documents that were released that showed old weapons, weapons from 20-some years ago. We knew about these weapons. They were not to be used. They're not even usable any more. It wasn't a new story, and the Pentagon even came out the next day and said that it wasn't a true story. Yes, people, there really were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. If there were any there, it was weapons that we used, we traded for money with them when we were working with Saddam Hussein."

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- Sharpsburg




"In response to the disgruntled audience member at the Smithsburg Carnival's karaoke contest on Monday. I don't believe this individual understood how the contest worked and has worked for the past eight years. The first round of the contest was held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Each contestant sang a song, the judges' scores were tallied and the audience and contestants were given a 45-minute break to enjoy the carnival. At 9 p.m., the contestants were brought back to sing a second song, which was also judged. The second round of singing lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes, the judges' scores were quickly tallied and the winners were announced by 10:30 p.m. Thank you to all the participants, judges and audience members who endured the intermittent rain all evening and made the Smithsburg Carnival Karaoke Contest another fantastic success. Also, congratulations to the winners of the contest, first place, Jessica Rave; second place, Mallory Petty; third place, Andrew Bishop.

"This $150 property tax rebate check is an example of very poor fiscal management by the County Commissioners. If they had money to get rid of, why didn't they pay down debt and save us money by reducing interest payments? There is no surplus when the county is in debt. It cost thousands of dollars to cut and mail these checks. Instead, a tax credit on the new tax bills would have been very inexpensive to administer. This was psychology, folks; 'Here's a check; vote for us.'"

- Hagerstown




"Please, I hope everyone will be kind to their animals during this hot weather and also the rainy weather we had. It's very hard on pets, and they are very lovable, dear little souls that God has provided for us."

- Halfway




"I'm calling about the $30 sewer bill I had to pay. All this water around the Chesapeake Bay, from Pennsylvania and all around, do they charge them for the muddy waters flowing into the bay?"

- Maugansville




"Four acts of terrorism, and then 9/11. The U.S. declared war, backed by 80 percent of the public. Now, about one half are against the war. The trouble is, we will never know what would have happened if we hadn't gone to war."

- Boonsboro




"I'm calling in to give my heartfelt sympathy to all those families who lost loved ones during the recent flooding here in Washington County and surrounding areas, and also for all those who have lost items during the flooding."




"There is a new law out stating that you cannot drive in the fast lane unless you're passing."

- Hagerstown




"This is about Mr. Wagner's remains being taken from Arlington. I think any decent, law-abiding, God-loving human being has a right to say Mr. Wagner's remains do not belong in hallowed ground. That man's remains do not belong at Arlington."

- Hagerstown




"It does not matter what language you speak to get your license, just as long as they can show American money. That's all they care about. Bin Laden could come here and get his license."

- Clear Spring




"I'm calling about the lady who was talking about her gossipy co-workers. The best thing to do is just avoid them. Take a longer lunch, a different break, or whatever, but just stay away from them and don't indulge in the conversation."

-Falling Waters, W.Va.




"To the caller who says do not send Fonda to Iraq, I'll be glad when the time rolls around when we lose all our freedoms and we can't send anybody anywhere, but only the dictator can send us to wherever he wants to send us."

- Hagerstown




"I was wondering why they don't have something to help shopaholics. If you're an alcoholic, you can go get help, and if you smoke, you can get help. Shopping can be just as destructive a lifestyle and you really can't help yourself. You will go and you will charge things that you know you really shouldn't be charging."

- Hagerstown




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