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What Do You Think?

June 17, 2007

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

There were two poll questions last week. The first question was: Do you agree with the judge's action to send Paris Hilton back to jail to serve her entire 45-day sentence?




"Judge ruled that she must serve out her entire 45-day sentence behind bars rather than in her Hollywood Hills home. 'It's not right!' shouted the weeping Hilton, who violated her parole in a reckless driving case. 'Mom!' she called out to her mother in the audience. Hilton, who was brought to court in handcuffs in a sheriff's car, came into the courtroom disheveled and weeping, hair askew, sans makeup, wearing a gray fuzzy sweat shirt over slacks. She cried throughout the hearing, her body shook constantly and she dabbed at her eyes. I AM SO SICK OF PARIS ..."

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"The spoiled little rich girl just learned that mommy and daddy's name and money can't get her out of everything. A truly priceless lesson."




"Paris, Lindsay and Nicole all need a lesson. That is what it takes to teach them a lesson and keep them and everyone on the road alive."




"They should stick her in the pod with everybody else."




"You do the crime, then you do the time. PERIOD!"




"It's so cruel what has happened to her. She wasn't allowed to wax or use a moisturizer. Her skin is so dry right now."




"If it was a 'normal' American citizen and not a celebrity, we would have done the time without a fight. I'm sick of hearing about these poor celebs that break the law and feel they shouldn't be punished. They all need to get a grip and act like adults instead of spoiled brats. Break the law once and when you get caught, see if they put you in a special jail because you aren't used to such a bad place. Boo-hoo boo-hoo. This celebrity special treatment makes me sick. I thought America was the country that everyone is treated the same?"




"Paris should not have been made an example of just because she's a celebrity. Bringing her into the courtroom in handcuffs is ludicrous when you have inmates who have murdered correctional officers in Maryland having their handcuffs removed to not 'taint' the jury against them. This world is messed up."




"This is just one of the many things wrong with our society, this fascination of everything 'celebrity.' Blame the consumer more than the media. If you watch "Entertainment Tonight," read People magazine and other supermarket tabloids, chances are you're wasting your time, money and what little brain cells you have. Of course, watching Fox News and their hate-filled, fear-ladened, war-mongering Republican propaganda has the same effect on the dumbing down of America, but that's another story. For the record, I'd rather watch Britney, Paris and K-Fed discuss Jello shooters than anything by Bill O'Reilly or Fox News. ... Wake up America."




"A better punishment would be to give her a pair of Wal-Mart jeans and make her flip burgers at McDonald's on work release. That would be great. Take her ... money away, too."




"I voted 'don't care,' as should most of you. When it comes on the channel, I turn it. I was sick of it all within the first 24 hours. Nuff!"




"Can we please stop talking about Paris? She is in jail doing her time. What more do people want??? She is a spoiled little girl who has always gotten her way. WHO CARES IS THE RIGHT ANSWER!!!!"




The second question was: Should the City Council support developer Mike Deming's second Downtown Live festival later this year and agree to close some streets and allow alcohol?




"Live festival is great idea. Need something for the downtown area."




"By all means, have another Downtown Live. Now that I know it's COMING (since the advertising didn't hit my eyes until the last minute last year), I can actually go and enjoy the event, instead of standing outside the festival itself, trying to hear!"




"Hurray for Mike Deming's second Downtown Live Festival! Hurray for Charlie Sekula at Schmankerl Stube and Augustoberfest, the Western Maryland Blues Fest folks, the MSO and Maryland Theatre gang and anybody else who can blow the dust out of this town. Hagerstown is a gem, and I'm for anybody who can bring in new money, and new ideas. Let's party, just bring lotsa cash!"




"Have the festival! Turnout was good last year and they're doing a better job of advertising it this year I think (just checked the Web site after Googling Downtown Live). I never even heard about it last year. Events like this are good for the community. I don't understand why some downtown businesses are so against it or why people are complaining that shutting down that small section will mean emergency responders won't be able to do their job if someone's life is in danger across town. Is it the demon alcohol that is turning off these folks from allowing people to eat, drink and be merry?"




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