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December 11, 2006

"Oftentimes, I have an occasion to come down the street Social Services is on - Potomac - and see women going in with lit cigarettes in their hand or mouth, sometimes with a baby or toddler. They stamp it out before going in. I at times ride by this shelter or take items to their thrift shop and it never fails - there is at least one of the people who reside in these shelters sitting outside smoking, sometimes more than one. Cigarettes are so very expensive, how can people afford them, yet they are homeless, getting food stamps, medical help, etc.? I am just scratching my head wondering about this. One more way our tax dollar is squandered."

- Maugansville




"This is in response to the person who feels that the person who requested that Congress make English the official language is narrow-minded. I, too, feel that English should be the official language of the land. My relatives and ancestors are Native American Indians and you don't see us ranting and raving about making our languages 'official.' The bulk of your relatives are over here illegally and taking benefits from tax-paying citizens of America. If you want to speak your language, go ahead, but don't expect us English-speaking people to learn your language just because your relatives refuse to."

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- Boonsboro




"In response to the discussion of the church refugee program at a City Council meeting here in town, talking about African refugees brought here, what about the Mastidian Turks, also called Russians incorrectly, that were brought here by the State Department and the Virginia Council of Churches, that nobody seems to know about. I've questioned this in different meetings over time and come up with very insignificant answers. I think all of these things should be addressed."

- Halfway




"I don't read Charley Reese's columns anymore. Any good ones are canceled out by his anti-Semitism, but the headline today about terrorism not being a risk is too much. When I read that he wrote that al-Jazeera is unbiased in its reporting of the news, I'm shocked. You might as well have an al-Qaida member writing a newspaper column."

- Hagerstown




"I agree with the two individuals who had comments in the Dec. 5 Mail Call for Donna Brightman, and also for Nick Carter. They're absolutely right on the money. They're a loss to us. We should have kept them. Also, to the lady wanting to know about the phone books: Why not give them to the Four State Missions? They collect newspapers and things, and that helps to raise some money for them also."

- Williamsport




"I believe that we all as good Christians should send our good friends at the ACLU a Christmas card. They don't believe in saying 'Merry Christmas' or the slogan 'In God We Trust,' so let's everybody send them a Christmas card to ACLU, 125 Broad St., 18th Floor, New York NY 10004."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"U.S. troops can train Iraqi troops, but do we really want U.S. politicians training Iraqi politicians?"

- Rohrersville




"I read Jonathan Burr's letter in the paper today in letters to the editor, and all I can add to that is 'ditto.' It was a very good letter. I feel the same way."

- Hagerstown




"Mr. Mayor of Funkstown: There's a big bus that sits on our main street, and it's been sitting there for quite some time. How are we supposed to invite people to come into our fair city and take tours when there's a big bus sitting right on main street? It's quite an eyesore, sir. Just wondering when you were gonna do anything about that."

- Funkstown




"People are talking about prisoners at the jail and the prisons. This is for the Washington County Detention Center. I'd just like to know how an inmate can be let go to go to a viewing. His brother passed away and he went to the viewing, and he also went to the funeral. I was just curious how they can let these guys just go, to be back at a certain time."

- Hagerstown




"I see where Nick Carter got shafted again on that City Council job. Nick came in fifth on that, and he should have been the one got in there. He only missed it by a vote. As far as I'm concerned, Nick should have got it, but that's up to you all. You're the ones that have to live with it, not me."

- Hagerstown




"This is to the person in Hedgesville, W.Va., who says that gasoline prices have gone up 20 to 30 cents in the last two weeks. I'll have him to know the Democrats don't take over until January. This is December yet, so if you're talking about raising the prices, blame your Republicans."

- Hagerstown




"I was just wondering why it is that at Valley Mall or Wal-Mart parking lot, you see the policemen riding around, but nobody ever gets out and puts tickets on the vehicles in the handicapped spots without handicapped tags. There are plenty of them."

- Hagerstown




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