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June 28, 2007

"I just wanted to thank your (editorial page) editor, Bob Maginnis, for publishing another one of my letters, in which it was in Friday's issue. I also would like to thank you editors for publishing most of my comments that I call in to your 'You Said It' column. I realize, due to the fact that I've been writing letters for a while now, that you can't please everybody. In all of my letters that I put together, along with the comments I call in, I usually try to get my point across, which I feel I do at times, due to the reactions that I get by people whenever I'm out and about, but I came to realize that I guess the truth hurts."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"Somebody called in and said that they were gonna vote for Hillary Clinton because her husband was great and she had eight years experience under him. According to that, Martha Washington could have run for president, and Mary Todd Lincoln, Mamie Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Nancy Reagan ... Because there was some greater than him, so I guess that qualifies all these women to run for president. The only experience Hillary has is lying, and I think he helped teach her that."

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- Waynesboro, Pa.




"Whereas it is true that other countries have disliked us for a long time due to previous wars and stupid foreign policy, the dislike for the U.S. has never been more pervasive than now. At the time of Vietnam, that country and some others didn't like us, but that has since faded into obscurity. Now we have countries who, ever since the U.N. told Bush not to invade Iraq, are afraid of the U.S. They see us as the aggressor. It would be another thing if we went into a country that housed bin Laden, but we invaded Iraq for no good reason except to control its oil. So other countries see us as a threat due to that as well; we invade under illegal pretenses. I'm talking about countries we used to be friends with, not the cursed terrorists."

- Hagerstown




"Embryonic stem cell research is not prohibited by the U.S. government. The issue is centered on the government using taxpayer dollars to fund research. You, as a private citizen, can donate embryos, money, or whatever you want to public and private companies doing research. President Bush is vetoing the use of U.S. tax revenue (never realized the IRS 'earned' money) to be used for the research, not the research itself. In the end, it is a 'personal' (keyword) ethical question. Do you support the destruction of viable life for the potential promise of a future cure? The rest is immaterial. Death will come to all, regardless of our feeble actions trying to delay the inevitable."




"Do you think the federal government is incompetent? If it isn't, it's very close."

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"I'm calling about the smoking around the hospital and these other places. I think the delegates should get together and pass a law that no smoking within 300 feet of a health facility. That would help out an awful lot, because I'm the same way. I go for my blood work, I gotta walk through a lot of smoke before I can get in to get it done. These people don't realize that they are destroying their own health. I lost five brothers and two sisters, all from smoking, all with lung cancer, so I know what it does to everybody. If we just could get a hold of the delegates and have them try to see if they can't pass this."




"I'm calling in concerning the teachers getting this 7 percent raise, and also the coaches. Let you stop and think this. The BOE, they pay them this salary, but they don't furnish all the needs that these teachers needs in the schoolrooms to supply the children with good education. I know teachers that spends a lot of money on things that they have to have or they couldn't work with the children. That goes for the coaches, too, in the sports. These people, they spend a lot of time there and they do a lot. You'd be surprised how much they do for the players."

- Boonsboro




"I don't want to see the long-standing outdoor Harpers Ferry Flea Market turned into a housing development. That scenic valley should remain undeveloped."

- Halltown, W.Va.




"I just learned the other day there's three branches of the government now. There's the executive branch, there's Congress, and there's Cheney. Cheney says he has executive privilege when it suits him, and he don't have executive privilege when it doesn't suit him. So if he doesn't have executive privilege, then he should be subpoenaed for the Gonzales fiasco. Come on, Dick, you can't have it both ways."

- Hagerstown




"To the person worried about the phone books on their doorstep: Instead of just throwing them away, recycle them and save a tree, so it can produce oxygen so that we can breathe better."

- Hagerstown




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