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October 09, 2006

"Home rule for Washington County, if I remember correctly, has been voted down twice. How many times do we have to go through this procedure and the expense of it? We need checks and balances. Our state delegates got us a 5 percent cap on assessment increases. It would not have happened without them."

- Hagerstown




"I was listening to the president quoting, of all people, Osama bin Laden. If he's so concerned with Osama bin Laden, why didn't he stay in Afghanistan and finish Osama bin Laden? Why did he go after Saddam Hussein in Iraq, who had nothing to do with anything? By the way, for everybody's information out there in this county, Osama bin Laden, Saudi Arabian prince worth hundreds of millions of dollars, is not the same person as Saddam Hussein over in Iraq."

- Hagerstown




"Today my church is offering a blessing of all animals in recognition of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for animals. My animal is spoiled rotten and a wonderful, loyal companion, so I'll be sure to be there, along with a couple neighbors and friends with their pets. For today, I would like to send a blessing to everyone's pets, whether they be large or small. God loves all of us and all of them, and I hope that we are kind to one another."

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- Boonsboro




"My sister and brother-in-law had to have their precious yellow Lab, Abby, put to sleep because of cancer on Sept. 28. They are still grief-stricken and devastated that she is no longer with them. I've had dogs all my life, and I know how much heartache a person goes through when they lose a pet. Everyone who knew Abby loved her. I am heartbroken every time I hear of an animal being abused or tortured by their owners."

- Smithsburg




"I read with interest some of the people calling in about Mr. Muldowney, saying we should be glad that he voted against teacher retirement raises. Let's be clear, as a past teacher myself and a veteran. Mr. Muldowney voted to limit cost-of-living raises for retired teachers to 3 percent, regardless of how high inflation goes. How would you like that? Mr. Muldowney could not get re-elected as a Democrat, so he changed his party to Republican - and he couldn't get elected as a Republican. Then he ran as an Independent; he couldn't get elected as that. Let's hope he can't get elected again."

- Hagerstown




"If we're gonna name an alley after Lou Scally, let's do it in the West End. If we do it, let's call it Scally Way."

- Hagerstown




"To the caller who said that John Donoghue has helped out seniors: You need to get your facts straight. The only seniors that John Donoghue has helped are those on Medicaid. Most mainstream seniors do not benefit from the way he votes. Also, John Donoghue has voted for mandate after mandate, which raises HMO premiums, and has also voted to raise the HMO premium by 2 percent."

- Hagerstown




"I want to thank the person responsible for selecting the photo that was used on the front page of Tuesday's Daily Mail. Since the Amish do not wish to be photographed, this was an excellent choice. Thank you so much."

- Hagerstown




"I see the Republican National Committee, with their hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars, is now sending out propaganda for the tax-and-spend governor, Ehrlich, who loves to tax people in Western Maryland - tax them for their septic tanks, and double the price of driving a car, making up total lies about Mayor O'Malley - who is, by the way, endorsed by the police department. It's sad that someone who has such a terrible record as Ehrlich has to stoop so low to get votes, instead of talking about his record."

- Hagerstown




"I want to thank councilwomen Penny Nigh and Kelly Cromer for two 'no' votes yesterday. The first one was on the employees who would volunteer and get paid while volunteering. According to the dictionary, volunteering means volunteering, not getting paid by the taxpayers. The second one was the water that they granted for Hunter Green business park. I agree, because the resolution does not say what the land will be used for. What is to say they won't come in later and decide that they want it for residential purposes?"

- Hagerstown




"I don't think it's right for employers to allow supervisors in the workplace to loaf around, playing arcade games, pinball games, etc., unless that's what they're paying them to do. I work for a company and all I see is the supervisor loafing in the break room playing these games during working hours. I feel it shouldn't be allowed. I feel that supervisors should be out on the work floor, supervising the workers or helping out their employees."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"Just wondering if anybody went to or knows anybody who did attend the Blue Oyster Cult concert last Friday. If it was in the papers, the after review of it or whatever, that they usually have, I must have missed it. How about calling in and letting me know how it was, good, bad or otherwise?"

- Hagerstown




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