You Said It

November 23, 2006

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail does not endorse any of these anonymous opinions. We encourage readers to include their names with their opinions through letters to the editor that appear each day on page A4.

"Now that the JFK 50-mile marathon is over and many people interviewed who have run in it, I have a question: Why isn't the name of the founder (Mr. Buzz Sawyer) ever given any praise and thanks for a job well done? Or has he requested not to be named for all of his work? Not only the present coordinator, but all those who have worked hard deserve our sincere thanks for a very well-organized event each year. I wish I had the ability to give it a try, but that is not possible either. Thanks, Buzz, and we hope you are around our city for years to come and enjoy the big race." - Hagerstown


"I'm calling about the security at Clear Spring High School. Yesterday, I was up there, and the gym door facing Route 40 was wide open. There was a boy student standing there leaning up against one. He left, and the doors were left open. So much for security." - Clear Spring

"We wholeheartedly agree about the local low-paying job market and overpriced housing. Most hardworking couples in Washington County struggle to make a decent living. We are not willing to pay exorbitant prices for older ranchers, which prior to the big housing boom would have sold in the $100,000 price range, but today, owners are still pathetically trying to squeeze out over $200,000, following their fabulous sale reduction from $300,000, nor are we willing to go into lifelong debt for one of those popular McMansions. Every day, Pennsylvania is looking more inviting. Quite a few friends, neighbors and co-workers have already relocated there. Look around and see who is replacing them." - Clear Spring

"Thank you for your Sunday, Nov. 19, article on the waving man, Barry Chaney. We have been looking for him, missed him as we drove along Eastern Boulevard and were very concerned about his well-being. We are so thrilled to hear he just relocated and is still greeting people in his new location. Thank you very much." - Hagerstown

"I agree 100 percent with the caller to Mail Call who said to the Washington County government to explain how they spent the windfall of money they collected from the property tax increases over the last three years. Did they pay off the water and sewer debt, which we are paying every three months with our water bill and we don't even have sewer? It's about time that they let us know something. Maybe more people should call in, or they should flood the new county commissioners with letters to let us know what's going on. It's our money, it don't belong to them, and we don't get sewer anyhow." - Washington County

"Cheney is pushing to bomb Iran before Bush's time is up. Five-deferment Cheney, is he gonna get his way? It's not his blood - he don't care." - Clear Spring

"When they build the new hospital at Robinwood, they ought to use the old hospital as the central booking agency for criminals and make it a jail. All the floors are there, all the rooms are there. They're already doing renovations on the emergency room and stuff that's supposed to cost a couple million dollars. Instead of even doing that or even considering it, they ought to just turn that into a jail. There's plenty of parking there for the police, it's right in the center of town, where most of the crime is happening anyhow. Just think how fast our officers could get back on the streets again." - Broadfording Road

"Strange how some people forget their roots. I felt that Tim Rowland's column Nov. 20 was very unkind, pertaining to Wal-Mart and Dollar General shoppers. Bet they didn't have any stores quite as nice where he grew up in West Virginia." - Hancock

"I'm calling in response to the person that called in about the van-accessible handicapped parking places. Van-accessible means that it is big enough for a van, but that does not mean that a single car cannot park there or an SUV. You said about scratching cars - well, I suppose this was an adult that called, and for you to put something like that in the paper ... and people wonder why our children are the way they are today - because they have adults like the person that called in and made that statement teaching them and bringing them up in the world. We can't expect our children to act like they should if they have adults that make statements and say about scratching people's cars with not being able to put the lift down." - Halfway

"I'd like to know who hit the fence on the corner of Lanvale and Summer street on Nov. 12 at 10:00 at night. I know what kind of car it was, and the last digit of your tag number. If you don't call back in Mail Call and give us your phone number or anything, the person that did it, I'm gonna report you to the police. You were sliding down Summer Street, and you didn't stop at the stop sign, and you ran into this old lady's fence and messed it all up."

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