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You Said It

February 19, 2007

"During the '70s, we were told we were entering an ice age and volcanoes were the biggest threat to the environment. Now it's global warming and man is the threat with the politicians as the experts, which means we'll soon have a global warming tax of some kind if we haven't already."




"It's Tuesday about 2:30 p.m. We want to give much thanks to our snow angel who came by and cleared our driveway. My husband just got out of the hospital and he shouldn't be out there. This guy just came up and cleared our driveway. He knows who he is. Thank you very much. There are good people out there. We're on the 3100 block of National Pike. Thanks again."

- Hancock




"For the person who called in for the MS Society phone number: I have two numbers; one is 1-800-FightMS in Baltimore; or locally you can call 240-727-5033."

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- Washington County




"This is for my neighbors who use my driveway all year long. You have my permission to shovel more than just a path to your vehicle when it snows. You certainly have my permission to shovel the entire driveway once in awhile."

- Hagerstown




"When you begin making fun of the way people talk, or state something, you should quit your column. People don't take kindly to someone telling them that the way they state something is stupid or sit around making fun of them. Get a life and quit making people feel bad because they may have stated something a little differently than you."

- Washington County




"I'm just calling in because I just read about the proposed increase in teachers' salaries - 8.5 (percent) in fact. I have a great deal of respect for teachers and have a relative who is a teacher. But I have a college degree and have worked with the state of Maryland for 15 years and I have never gotten an 8.5 (percent) raise. We went years without any type of increase and I think this is just highly unexceptional. This really total upsets me that this group of people get that much raise. I wish the county would rethink this and give money to different groups and different organizations."

- Hagerstown




"I just moved to Washington County from another state, and I cannot believe the teachers' union. Maybe they should go back to negotiating school and learn to know when to take a good offer. This is good advice, so take my advice."




"Since the teachers are so smart about this 8.5 (percent) pay raise, give them our 2 percent raise and make them happy."




"Regarding the article in the paper about the Board of Education salary offer. Even my 3-year-old son could figure out that an 8.5 percent raise is a great deal in today's job market. It is just unbelievable."

- Hagerstown




"I was reading in the paper today about the Board of Education upping the rate increase for next year. What's wrong with the teachers' union in Washington County? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that 8.5 percent is a nice hefty raise. I think they should take that and be happy, and not be greedy and ask for more. I just want my opinion to count."

- Smithsburg




"Here it is Tuesday night and I'm sure all you (You Said It) callers know about the weather, all kinds of ice and snow. This is the last time I'm ever gonna believe that stupid little groundhog from up in Pennsylvania. I thought we had spring. I gave my son my firewood and wood stove, and I had my furnace shut off. Now here I am sitting in my living room with my wife's blow dryer, three candles and six matches trying to get warm. So don't ever tell me anything about that stupid little groundhog."

- Sharpsburg




"I live in Maryland and work in West Virginia. It normally takes me 20 minutes to commute. Today, Wednesday, with all the snow and ice, I left an hour early. Maryland roads were in pretty good shape, considering all the circumstances that they had to deal with. West Virginia roads out of Shepherdstown were untouched at 5 a.m. By leaving early and driving slow, even without four-wheel-drive, I got to work on time. Is that too hard of a concept? Apparently it is with some individuals."

- Boonsboro




"Here we go again, folks. We have another three county commissioners voting as a bloc to spend money. Why should anyone making $70,000 be helped by the taxpayers to buy a home, and why do they need a home costing in excess of $300,000? Did they never hear of a starter home? Many county residents work hard full time and don't even make $30,000 per year. It is ludicrous for taxpayers to aid high-income people in buying McMansions."

- Hagerstown




"After reading today's paper, I find it ironic that an article on how the BOE feels local delegates are failing to procure adequate funding for schools appears on the same page as another article explaining how schools have squandered $25,000 on an alert system that most deem unnecessary at best. This should be a wake-up call to the residents of Washington County. The BOE's wants will always exceed its needs."

- Funkstown




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