You Said It

October 16, 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.

"Why would anyone need taxpayers' money to have an organization to figure out why there are so many teens pregnant in Washington County? If good standards are set at home and the parents are aware of what their children are doing and checking their friends out, there would be less of this going on." - Maugansville

"To the person from Hagerstown who wants to know why all the young men (not boys) are dying in Iraq: If you have not noticed yet, we are at war with Iraq. People get killed in wars. A fact of life. Any other questions, here's your sign ... support our troops and our country on a job most people can't or won't do. To our troops, keep up the good work and come home safe." - Sharpsburg


"I cannot believe that one parent who has a child in Washington County public schools would object to the method the lack of security at our public schools was uncovered by The Herald-Mail. What are you thinking when you say this should not have been made public as it was? What are you thinking when you state that they should be arrested for trespassing? That was the issue ... they should not have been allowed to enter the schools, nor should anyone else without proper ID."- Falling Waters, W.Va.

"I still do not understand how gas can be $2.09 in Frederick and the average price in Hagerstown is $2.24. Traveling through West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, I found gas for, get this, $1.99."

"Dare I say that that was an overreaction to the African refugees, and thanks to The Herald-Mail, you are helping the situation with your humongous front-page picture. Now as these people walk through our community, they will be looked at and ostracized. There's been outbreaks in schools - there's no sealing off of areas and putting on protecting on protective masks and gloves. The overreaction is just what you would think in Hagerstown." - Hagerstown

"To the caller who inquired why there have been 2,700 deaths in the current war, the answer is: terrorist attacks over the last decade that have left more than 3,000 dead - 2,900 of them in one day. Over five years, 2,700 dead in a war seems an appropriate price to pay for 3,000 civilians dying while they were merely at work." - Hagerstown

"To the caller who called in bragging about the Giants beating the Redskins: We'll see who's laughing on Nov. 13, the day after they get a whupping by the Bears. Go, Bears - 5 and 0." - Hagerstown

"I'm calling about (how) the forest service wants black walnuts. If you go up to Fort Frederick state land, there's a lot of black walnut trees. They just need to send Cub Scout or Girl Scout troops up there to pick them up or something like that." - Williamsport

"To the correctional officer that called in about inmates being released at the bus terminal, they can stay anywhere they want to go: You're completely wrong. Inmates that are let out on flat time can do that, but inmates that are paroled out of the institution have to report to a parole officer every so often. I'm a retired correctional officer, and when I was there, there was an (inmate) that wanted to be paroled to Minnesota because he had friends up there. The state of Minnesota would not accept him, so he had to come back to Maryland and go back down around Westminster, where he lived. It all depends on how you're released - flat time or paroled." - Williamsport

"I think maybe everybody should take heed with what the Amish people do, and forgive, and maybe this world wouldn't be in the state it's in right now." - Hagerstown

"I see the (Williamsport) town council wants to make downtown more attractive. Just ride or walk past the Williamsport barbershop and see how the barber has made her shop outside and inside very attractive. Let's hope others follow that." - Williamsport

"I just wanted to comment on the comments from the person this evening that thought it was terrible about the reporters going into the schools. I think they missed the point completely. The point was that the schools can be accessed by anyone, and that includes anyone who has a mind to take a gun into that school. I think if they think it through, they'll understand what the reporters were trying to prove." - Hagerstown

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