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July 09, 2007

"I just received my property tax bill and it has gone up considerably. I don't understand where the money's going. We certainly aren't getting our road repaired down here. You can hardly get through some of the places with these holes. I'd just like to know where my taxes are going."

- Dargan




"Congratulations to the Williamsport Junior Legion baseball team, which will be traveling to Greensboro, N.C., on July 25 for the World Series. Congratulations also to their coach, Dwayne Myers, and the boys. Good luck. We will all be rooting for you."

- Williamsport




"In response to closing down the recycling site in Boonsboro, it seems as though people really don't want us to recycle. If you want us to recycle, provide us with a place to do it."

- Boonsboro




"To the person who doesn't think that teachers deserve a 7 percent pay raise. They put up with so much, I think they deserve a 10 percent pay raise. I'm not even a teacher. I'm a grandparent who's raising two of those school-age kids. To all you teachers out there, fight for what you deserve and thank you so much."

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- Hagerstown




"I've been calling for weeks trying to get published the teachers' salary scale. I went so far as to request an application from the Board of Education. They sent me a packet of information. Salary information was not included in the packet of information. It would seem to me that if you were to apply for a job, you would want to know what you were going to be paid depending on your experience and degree. I think it's time for someone to contact the Board of Education and get an up-to-date pay scale. These raises are only going to get higher in the years to follow. For 20- to 30-year teachers, what's 7 percent of their $60,000? Get the thing published."




"The state government with your state taxes has been paying teachers' retirement. It is almost a $1 billion bill. Everyone is talking about the 7 percent raise the teachers are getting. It's not 7 percent, it's 8.5 percent. It's 7 percent plus a 1.5 percent step increase."




"A writer from Chambersburg expressed so well the feelings of many Americans about the situation at Guantanamo. We agree with him that prisoners have not been treated as human beings. They're being denied rights accorded by the Geneva Convention. When we treat people as less than human, we can expect a buildup of hatred across the world. Some members of the global community used to have respect for America."

- Hagerstown




"This is in response to the caller in Washington County who said his mother was born in 1906 and voted for Hoover. So I'm sure Mrs. Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower voted for their husbands legally. But the first original article mentioned Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. George Washington, Martha. That was way before the 19th Amendment was passed. I don't need to read history, I know mine. You need to go to a library and read yours."

- Hagerstown




"I'm interested in the fact that a Waynesboro caller mentioned birds eating french fries. As a biology teacher, I would like to say that french fries are an excellent gizzard food for birds. They mix well with sand and little rocks that the birds have to 'chew' them up. French fries are especially good for birds."

- Rohrersville




"There was a letter from a Hagerstown individual who castigates teachers because they work on salary. Of course they work on salary. But they work very much on salary, including their nights, days and in-betweens. They deserve the break they get and they should not consider their tan this summer. 'Why don't you consider working smarter, not harder?' the caller says. That is an insult to the teaching profession; and as a teacher, I am insulted."

- Washington County




"I just bought a new Chevrolet pickup truck so I can burn ethanol. There's no place in Hagerstown where you can get ethanol. There's a place in Frederick, and I'd like to know if anyone knows where it is in Frederick so I can fill up. It's 5 cents per gallon cheaper."

- Hagerstown




"I was sitting here doing some arithmetic. The 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, giving women the right to vote. The person's mother was born in 1906. The first election she'd be able to vote in included Hoover, and she would have been 22. What's the problem?

- Hagerstown




"I'm really starting to like the group Montgomery Gentry. This brother duo isn't afraid to speak out about things in the world in their songs. I just heard them sing a song about 'don't judge me and I won't judge you.' I think there should be more artists such as them."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"With all the controversy over global warming and keeping the ozone clean, think about all the fireworks going up over the Fourth of July. I'm patriotic but I like fresh air, too. Washington all alone is sending up 7 tons. Next week I have to get my compact car an emissions test. I think we should clean up our cities before we clean up our residents."

- Keedysville




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