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September 06, 2006

"Are you in danger from a terrorist attack? Yes, but if you read the local paper and think about it, I believe you will conclude that you are more likely to encounter a local mugging, robbery or shooting. Our concerns should be about what is being done locally to stop the violence. Terrorism is getting the press coverage, but I think it is more likely we will be harmed by local thugs."

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"I think this is a perfect example of the government/big business connection. The tobacco settlement some years ago provided huge payments by the tobacco companies to state governments to cover medical costs and stop-smoking campaigns. What was not publicized was the agreement allowing the companies to increase the amount of nicotine in cigarettes. Nicotine is what is addictive and should have been reduced, not increased, if the intent was to reduce smoking. This is a great example of money being all that maters."

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"Someone saw seven wild turkeys and stopped to watch. I used to see pheasants, meadowlarks, quail and flocks of turkeys as large as 30 to 40 birds. Now, all I see is houses. Md. 67 gets uglier every day."




"To the person from Smithsburg who was so upset about the change in the vending machines, soda machines and so on in schools: That is a state requirement, not just a local BOE policy."

- Hagerstown




"To the person calling about the pineapple at Wal-Mart: Why don't you just buy the whole pineapple and cut it yourself, and then you can have two halves?"

- Williamsport




"In reference to the Boonsboro caller, about the Democrats having no strategy but to down Bush: Having nothing is 100 percent better than what we have today."

- Hagerstown




"'Mission accomplished' - lies, lies, lies."

- Hagerstown




"I would like to answer the person who blames Gov. Ehrlich for setting the dates of sales tax-free days the week school started in Washington County. The Democratic-controlled legislature sets the dates, not the governor. The Washington County school system started a week before most schools in the metro/Baltimore area. What's new? Western Maryland gets the short end of the stick again."

- Hagerstown




"A caller said that the Katrina victims got $72,000 apiece, and someone else asked when, how and from who did it come. The figure might be accurate, but it's just an average. This administration learned its bookkeeping from Enron. Half of that money is relocation and support money, not rebuilding money. Some of the other half is federal flood insurance, but again, never got to the Ninth Ward. Even the cost of trailers that no one ever lived in was included in that figure. Everything is lumped together as an average."

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"This is on relocating people that live in Hagerstown. There's a piece in here about drug dealers and crime running people out of Hagerstown. There's some citizens that were trying to help get rid of these drug crimes and people from out of state that's causing all this crime. It's not only crime running people out of Hagerstown. It's your politicians running people out of Hagerstown, too. They don't do anything for the poor people that can't afford to live here. They could have done something a long time ago. All they're worried about is raising your taxes so you gotta move out of Hagerstown."

- Hagerstown




"This morning as I was reading the newspaper, I noticed a picture of a colonel in the Maryland State Police, inspecting the troops. They looked professional, they looked sharp. I was very impressed. I say 'thumbs up' to the Maryland State Police. If I ever have any problems, I know who I'd want to call."

- Hagerstown




"I was listening to TV yesterday all day, the last couple days, where the Bush administration has got these spin doctors out there stating, and him also, especially Cheney, that the Democrats cannot take care of a war; in other words, just the Republicans can do that, but they seem to forget back in World War II, a legitimate war, that we had President Roosevelt, who was a Democrat, and Harry S. Truman, which entered the war, was a Democrat, so where they get that thought at is beyond me. The war that they started, we shouldn't even be there."

- Hagerstown




"I just want to let everybody know we're spending $8 billion a month in Iraq. That works out to $11 million per hour, 24 hours a day. Is it worth it, to give them freedom? Do we have that much freedom here in America? I don't think so. It's a crying shame that we've got poor people, especially the Hurricane Katrina victims all down in the South. You know they've only spent $44 billion to help those poor people out, and nothing's happened. We've still got dead bodies in houses down there. Is this a great country? I don't know."

- Hagerstown




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