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March 19, 2007

"Everybody would like a raise. Teachers already have a much higher income than the county average. If they can't live well on that, they are free to move on and open up the position to others."

- Dargan




"Gas prices at the pump and barrels of oil don't always go up and down equally. For one thing, we don't put oil in the gas tank; it has to be refined. The oil companies decide when and how much oil to refine for gas vs. home heating oil and other petroleum products. They decide how much oil to keep in reserve. They decide where the gas is stored and how it is distributed, so gasoline prices can vary within a state. The only thing we can do is vote for Democrats so they can cut the oil company corporate welfare and make them pay taxes."




"An inconvenient truth for the Smithsburg writer: Unless you can find a way to power my car with a wind or water turbine, I don't care about your useless facts, if they are in fact true. Seeing as how the majority of oil usage goes into cars, planes and other vehicles, it doesn't do any good to compare oil usage to other means of energy production. You're comparing apples and oranges."

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-Hagerstown




"The teachers aren't walking out; they're doing a one-day work stoppage. There is a difference. I don't blame them for doing this, either. All they have to do is hop the state line and they can be making double, or close to double, what they're making now. Some people believe the teachers should be in it for the kids. Most of them are, but they have to be able to support themselves, too. We, as students, appreciate our teachers, but appreciation doesn't pay the bills."

- Martinsburg, W.Va.




"I've been listening to Hillary Clinton the last couple of weeks talk about the Republicans. She is filled with nothing but hatred for the Republicans. I don't understand, especially running for president. You'd think that she'd get along with the other party and say some nice things like the Republicans do about the Democrats. She is just angry at somebody. I guess maybe when her husband was in office, now she's trying to take it out on the Republicans."

- Hagerstown




"Touring downtown and City Park on Segways is a ridiculous idea, in my opinion. I would, however, appreciate reading Tim Rowland's take on it."

- Clear Spring




"As a caution to anyone disposing of clippings from a paper shredder: Please dispose of the clippings in a tightly sealed container. This will prevent the clippings from being littered over the neighbors' lawns."

- Hagerstown




"To the man who called in pertaining to religion, about walking through the doors since 1946 and he's disheartened at seeing a TV screen at the pulpit. What exactly is wrong with that? Churches are moving forward in the future. People today want to go to church and experience something more than traditional boring worship services. Traditional services are dying; they're slowly dying, but they will die within the next 20 years. Contemporary services are taking over. If you don't like your church anymore, just stay home. It would do you a lot better."

- Hagerstown




"I want to thank two very good Samaritans, Ed and Laurie. They found my purse, which I had left in a grocery cart in the parking lot of Food Lion on Eastern Boulevard on Tuesday evening. They drove several miles out of their way to return it to me. The panic I felt when I realized it was gone was relieved by these two good people. They deserve to be acknowledged for that good deed. I will forever be thankful for them for returning my purse."

- Funkstown




"This is to the person in Halfway who says that he's paying for seniors' Social Security. I think he'd better check that out because I put my money in Social Security where I worked for 50 years. Now I'm a man about 80 years old and I'm on Social Security, but everything is taken away from us. Why shouldn't we get a little bit extra when we turn a certain age? This guy has got to realize the way I read it, he might be 40, 45 years old. If he lives to be 70 and retires, I wonder what he's gonna say then. His generation is gonna be paying for his Social Security just like my generation paid for my Social Security. I worked all those years and paid into Social Security, paid into taxes and everything else, was in World War II. I think I'm entitled to a little bit better than what he's saying. Thank you very much."

- Hagerstown




"In reference to the Falling Waters caller complaining about his comments along with his friends' comments aren't being printed in your column, I would like to say that maybe his and his friends' comments aren't really newsworthy, worth printing. I feel that your editors do a pretty good job at picking the comments out for your column. I myself in the past felt that you weren't really publishing the newsworthy comments, but I feel you're doing a pretty good job at that now. I feel that you can't please everybody. It's impossible to print all the comments, I guess, that you receive every day."

- Greencastle, Pa.




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