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April 16, 2007

"Just when you think you've read it all in this column, another fascinating inquiry surfaces. Now, someone wants to know how to get rid of a mouse in their house without killing it, and they have a cat. One wonders if Tim Rowland is writing this column. Anyway, the first thing the mouse lover should do is get rid of the cat, since cats don't understand that mice are entitled to nine lives, too. Then, put a leash on the mouse and take it to the SPCA, where someone can adopt it and give it a nice home."




"To the person with the mouse in their apartment. Put (pure) oil of peppermint on cotton balls and put them in the corners of each room. Do not confuse with the peppermint flavoring in the grocery store. Check with a vitamin store or organic/natural foods store for this product. Also check online. There are numerous books on the market containing natural ways to deter critters and pests. Good luck."

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- Hagerstown




"A writer asked how the illegal Latinos are obtaining a driver's license. The answer seems to be that they are not. My insurance agent told me that even the legals are driving without a license, with expired care registration and no insurance. Make sure you're well insured because they aren't going to pay. I have a police monitor and every day I hear several stops where the above is true; even legal Americans are guilty. Taking a drunk driver's license doesn't stop him from driving if he wants."




"Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing a bailout of the people who are in trouble of having their mortgages foreclosed. If you think about this, it is a bailout of the mortgage companies who lent the money to people who could not afford them in the first place. It will be taxpayer money again to the rescue as it was in the savings and loan bailout. If they're going to give money away, I think we should all get some."




"There were those who predicted severe economic damage to local restaurant businesses when the partial smoking ban was enacted several years ago. Since then, about three dozen new restaurants have been built around Hagerstown and most evenings you have to wait in line to get a seat at any of them. If any smokers want to leave town because of the complete smoking ban, we won't be upset. Maybe we can be seated quicker."

- Hagerstown




"So the USA is the 'World Police?' Who died and gave the USA the absolute authority to say which country can and can't have nuclear weapons? The USA military is just loaded with nuclear warheads buried in silos all over the country, and probably some buried elsewhere in one of our 'territories.' Who says we aren't the threat?"




"I would like to comment on Al Gore and global warming. There are so many of you that just take what he said and run to the bank with it. It's mid-April and the temperatures are in the 30s. Weather goes through cycles, it always has - history shows it. If global warming is this big threat to humanity like Gore wants us all to believe, and we are supposedly responsible for it, why are scientists discovering global warming on Mars? Did we cause that, too? Or maybe, just maybe it's a natural process and there's nothing we can do about it."




"I live on Belview Avenue. Here we go again; the City of Hagerstown may grant the OK for a developer to build duplexes on the ground around the American Legion off Northern Avenue. Then they want to extend Belview Avenue and Woodland Way out to Northern Avenue. This is ridiculous. Our neighborhood is quiet. We've lived here a long time, and we don't want this. We don't need more construction."

- Hagerstown




"On Easter Sunday, I went to a Easter service and sunrise service breakfast and a regular service at St. Peter's Beard Lutheran Church on Old Forge Road outside of Smithsburg. I've been to a lot of church services, and this definitely was one of the most inspirational. I'll definitely go back there. Rev. Baker was one of the best speakers I've ever heard. The people were the most friendliest people I've ever been around. This church is definitely underrated, and there needs to be more people come and check out the friendly atmosphere."

- Smithsburg




"I am not a smoker - never have been, never will be, but I think Maryland has done a big disservice to the smokers of their state. It is their right as American citizens to smoke when and where they want. I would much rather be among 12 smokers than one chewing-tobacco person. Now they will tax you extra. You are the losers. You're supposed to be Maryland, the Free State. I would not want to be in Maryland anymore."

- Fayetteville, Pa.




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