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June 14, 2007

"I thought it was interesting the person blasted Lt. Gov. Brown for coming up here and talking about the budget deficit and what needs to be done. That's more than can be said for the Ehrlichs. Mr. O'Malley and Mr. Brown have only been in office less than six months, so where do you think that deficit came from? The last administration. At least he came up here to show some interest in Western Maryland."

- Hagerstown suburb




"During the Vietnam period, Americans were hated all over the world. We were baby killers, you name it. So, who would you say was to blame for our country being so divided then? Eisenhower and Kennedy for sending our men over there as 'advisers,' or LBJ, who had the draft? Was it Dr. Martin Luther King's fault for standing up for his people? We had a civil rights problem. Who was to blame for an influx of drugs in this country during the hippie days and flower children? Our country was never the same since the '60's, and for the worst. Other countries never liked us. Only our freebies that did nothing but backfire on us. Our good heart has led to the immigration problem now. So Bush did not start the dislike for us by other countries. I recall many times in the past 'Yankee, go home' by those we helped and fed."

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- Hagerstown




"I do not believe we could have won World War ll if we had most of the representatives we now have in Congress. They would have been too busy attacking each other to be concerned with the war. We were attacked during World War ll and that's why we declared war. We have been attacked again and again with the (USS) Cole and World Trade Center, to mention a few. I see no heroes among this Congress who will lead us to victory. I hope I'm wrong."




"I agree with the recent caller thanking Allan Powell for his well-written article about E. Russell Hicks, which appeared recently in The Herald-Mail. I, too, have always wondered who Mr. Hicks was. A friend of mine had a copy of the article by the Clear Spring Historical Society that Mr. Powell mentioned in his story. I read it, and wow - that group knows how to honor its heroes of our past. Everyone needs to read both Mr. Powell's personal story on Mr. Hicks, and the Clear Spring Historical (Society) story about his life."




"Sounds to me like this school that they're trying to build downtown for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts is another brainchild of someone that doesn't know what they're talking about. In the first place, it's just another reason that somebody should be in charge of what goes downtown. If anybody had been in charge when they were building the new addition or whatever they want to call it for the college, it should have been out at Hagerstown college where there were already facilities, libraries - everything possible. People, wake up. Why don't they consider things better and get a committee that knows what's going on?"

- Hagerstown




"The Hagerstown planning commission should look at their parking space requirements from the perspective of property owners who live adjacent to these potential rehabilitated buildings. We are constantly at war with the tenants who have no concern for private property rights. They use our yard and our sidewalk and spaces in front of our home. If it weren't for our garage and the alley, we'd be without parking. This has only come about since private dwellings have been converted into apartments."




"On the aggressive driver article that was in the newspaper, someone has to put some teeth into this aggressive driving, so that the police have the power to do their jobs. I'm reading where a state police sergeant said that drivers must commit three or more specific violations before they can be cited for aggressive driving. How hard would that be to catch somebody committing three violations in the same act? If they have one violation, they ought to be fined and I mean fined heavy. I'm tried of people giving me the finger and trying to run you off the road and all that. I've never seen such a mean bunch of people. I don't know what everybody's mad about."

- Sharpsburg




"The very juvenile arguments for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts continue to pour in. Mr. Rowland said that it would be an economic spur for downtown. How so? How can it be an engine when it's going to cost so much? Mrs. Fischer cites the school in Baltimore, the Baltimore School for the Arts, as an example. What about the other schools in Baltimore, such tremendous failures? Are we going to sacrifice all eight high schools for one high school? And finally, Mr. Williamson thinks to think that by building the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, we can lessen the cost of building another high school. That's simply ridiculous. We're gonna be left this way."

- Smithsburg




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