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November 25, 2006

"A Waynesboro caller called in about the money spent on criminals in jail. This caller said that these people in jail are American citizens and some of them might come out being good citizens. There is that possibility, but there are quite a few inmates in the Maryland system that are illegal aliens, not only from Mexico, but also from Europe. When their time is up, they get deported, at a huge expense to the American taxpayer. These people that call in to Mail Call need to do a lot of research before they say stuff about the police, the judicial system, and the correctional system. I think more taxpayers need to know how their tax dollars are being spent in their respective prison systems."

- Hagerstown




"Greencastle caller, I am the lady from Waynesboro, and yes, I do feel badly for the families back here that have lost loved ones in the war in Iraq. You took everything I said the wrong way. I was defending the people in Iraq. Someone called in and they've constantly been belittling everybody that's over there in the war and President Bush and all I said was that the people who do go to Iraq knew ahead of time that they may go to a war zone. We don't have a draft on; nobody bent their arm to enlist. But I do admire those who did, and yes, we do need a trained military and people available in case we have an all-out war. I'm all aware of that. I'm not the person belittling President Bush and the troops. I agree with you - you're the one who took everything wrong."

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- Waynesboro, Pa.




"This is to homeowners that have their houses on the market. How do you expect to sell a house for $300,000 when you have 1904 windows in it, you have bricks falling out the side, your basement door is rotting and falling through, and over half of your property is a creek that has nothing but rocks on it? Please, people, get real. You're asking so much for it . . . this is not Washington, D.C. or Alexandria, Va. This is small Washington county. Get real."




"Should it be Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? To me Christmas is about the birth of Christ and begs to be called a Merry Christmas. The overpromotion of shopping and all the glitter and decorations is far from the meaning of Christmas and can be very appropriately called Happy Holidays but nothing will replace the sentiment of hearing 'Have a Merry Christmas.'"

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"The State of Maryland wants to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1? Why not make it $10 per pack? I would gladly see that large of a tax increase. It makes my monthly trip to Virginia a greater bargain. $ 50+ in the 'Free State' vs. $16 in Virginia?"

"Just a note to say thanks for taking the time out to include a good will story in Sunday's paper, about Mr. Chaney, aka 'The Waving Man.' With all the negative going on in the world, it was great to see something positive like this. Normally this type of thing doesn't make the newspapers. Mr. Chaney has always brought a smile to my face and wherever I see him, I always wave back. My kids laugh at me, but that is OK. I explain we need more people like him around town. Keep up your articles about 'everyday people.' It proves there are a lot of good people in Hagerstown, but they just don't normally make the news."

- Hagerstown




"About the annexation in Boonsboro: We don't want it. Take your trailers and go to West Virginia."

- Boonsboro




"I'd just like to congratulate the Clear Spring boys soccer team on an outstanding season. It's been a long time."

- Big Pool




"I think it's really great that a couple of the radio stations are starting to play Christmas music, whether some people like it or not - it's their preference. I can't see anything wrong with people getting in the Christmas spirit early. I feel people should be in the Christmas spirit all year long instead of just one day of the year. People should remember the reason for the season, like remembering the less fortunate, the shut-ins, and people such as that. We should try to reach out to people such as those. We should also remember the troops serving overseas, and pray for them all to return home safely without any more casualties."

- Greencastle, Pa.




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