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February 23, 2007

"Sen. McCain has been critical of Don Rumsfeld, the ex-Secretary of Defense, for messing up the Iraq situation, but what about his boss? If President Bush was not aware of Rumsfeld's miscues he darn sight should have been; The rest of us were. Bush cannot escape the blame."




"After the BOE voted unanimously to adopt the $219 million draft budget, one of the BOE members said the public would have time to comment on the budget. How backwards is that! Shouldn't the public have an opportunity to comment on the draft budget before the BOE telegraphs its intentions to ignore all public comments? The only public comments the BOE wants to hear are 'Spend it all and then come back for more!'"

- Rohrersville




"I see today (2/21) is Erma Bombeck's birthday. What present-day parents need is a little bit of 'Erma.' Everyone is so intense about their children. She was terrific at putting things into perspective. She wouldn't recognize neighborhoods now on a Saturday afternoon. Drive around most developments and see the expensive swing sets in the backyard - all empty. Everyone indoors, or at some 'organized' event. I ache for the children that will never experience the thrill of just heading out the back door and be told not much more than, 'be back by supper.'"

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- Waynesboro Pa.




"In response to John Hamilton's Feb 18 letter bashing Charley Reese - why do you call him left-wing? He's a conservative! He's a real conservative. Bush, Cheney and the gang in Washington are neo-cons, not conservatives. Do your research on what a neo-con is. Anyone who disagrees with you must be left-wing, right?

- Hagerstown




"I cannot help but respond to the caller, who complained about Charley Reese's articles and demanding from The Herald-Mail to get rid of him and his articles. Having served in the military and fought for this, my adopted country all my life, I firmly believe in our citizens' right to express their opinion, like it or not. If you don't like it, don't read it. But do not demand someone else to be silenced or banned because of his position. "

- Hagerstown




"As a consumer of WCPS, I do not think the teachers need the raises they are seeking. The rest of us get performance based raises, in other words we better do our jobs well if we want to see an increase. My son has come home from Williamsport Elementary and has told me his teacher has gotten smart with him whenever he asks questions pertaining to his assignments. This is not doing the job well. We send our children to school to learn and develop skills they will need but instead they are looked down upon if they ask for assistance from their teacher. The person we are paying to do the instructing. Maybe more parents need to take their kids out of public school and home school them or put them in private schools so that the public school teachers aren't so overwhelmed with so many students."

- Williamsport




"I think the City of Hagerstown has done a cruddy job of piling the snow. They don't do any of the side streets. They don't even clean in front of the meters they make us pay for downtown. I think they need to be doing a better job for the amount of tax money they charge us."

- Hagerstown




"My grateful and sincere thanks to Bill Wiles for his reliability and devotion to Edgewood Place Condominium, especially during these trying times. God bless you."




"I think if George Bush wants to send 20,000 more troops to Iraq, let's go to the prisons and get all the prisoners that are in for murder, load them up on a ship and send them over there and let them do the fighting."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about the raise the teachers want. Teaching is a hard profession and it takes a certain person to do it. I'm sure a lot of teachers would take another job outside of their profession in the private sector if they could get a job that had decent money and good benefits and a lot of time off. The teachers that I know go to workshops in the summer to further their education and training, but they're paid to go to these workshops when they go. So it helps them in keeping up with their training but still they don't get anything out of that; they still have to go to school on their own to get a master's degree to get on the higher payroll. Once they hit the higher pay scale they're making decent money. But the younger teachers aren't making enough money to live like the older teachers. They don't want to pay their dues and drive an older car, live in a smaller apartment and not go out to eat every night. They want to start at the higher pay grade that the older teachers get, and you can't do that."

- Williamsport




"I'd like to thank my angels: Gary and Diane Moore, Jan Morrison, Pat Everett, Dale Hall, John Potterfield and the 4th Frederick Ruritan. They all helped me in some way or another and I'd like to thank them."




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