You Said It

July 19, 2007

Editor's note - The Morning Herald doesn't endorse any of these anonymous opinions. We encourage readers to include their names with their opinions through letters to the editor that appear each day on Page A4.

"These callers do not believe it is the parents' responsibility to prepare their children for school. I'm sorry, but if it is not your responsibility, whose is it? These are your children. You decided to have them. No one is asking them to be rocket scientists. Turn on 'Sesame Street' instead of 'Jerry Springer,' play a learning game with them or read a book to them. Spend an hour or two a day with your child and they will be prepared for school. And guess what - if you do this every day for the rest of their lives, they will be better prepared for life. This child is your child. It is your responsibility to do everything within your power to send a well-adjusted child into society." - Maugansville


"NBC had the highest poll response ever and the percentage was this: 86 percent to keep 'In God We Trust' and God in the Pledge of Allegiance. So that is 14 percent opposed. Therefore, I have a difficult time understanding why there is such a mess about 'In God We Trust,' etc. Why are we catering to this 14 percent? We don't fight for our rights, and it is sad. " - Washington County

"I'm calling about the caller from Hagerstown who mentioned that Parris Glendening is the individual to blame for the deficit. I quite agree that under the administration of that man, there was a lot more than just a deficit that was going on, including the administrative judges and other areas of education who did not come up to par in any way, form or shape under the Glendening administration." - Rohrersville

"If we are very patient and can find a way to spur the violence in Iraq, there won't be any Iraqis remaining and the oil will be ours. I think this is Bush's secret plan, or Cheney's." - Waynesboro, Pa.

"I would like to give a big thanks to Centra Bank on Frederick Street for flying the large and magnificent American flag. Your employees should be proud. It's a shame that so few local companies fly the American flag at all." - Hagerstown

"I've been to four graduations this summer at four different schools, and one involved a mother and her son, and of all the kids that I have seen graduate this summer, how can these teachers say that they can't teach the kids because of the bad ones? It seems to me somebody's falling down on the job." - Falling Waters, W.Va.

"Just wanted to let people know to be on the lookout for a guy with a little girl between 4 and 5 selling candy bars. He's doing it to collect money for himself. He's got all kinds of stories, selling for school, baseball - it's not true, so watch out for him." - Hagerstown

"I say 'hats off' to the person who likes pinto beans and cornbread. You're right, people didn't starve when they went through the Depression and through the '30s, and you're right, they did have faith and they did survive. It isn't like now when people don't have any respect for themselves or anybody else. A man still knew what 'work' meant, and he didn't mind doing it. But the pinto beans are gone today. They want caviar, and they want the government to give it to them while they sit back. Yeah, they were the good old days. People had faith - that's something they don't have now. They have something called welfare." - Waynesboro, Pa.

"This is a little heads up to all us taxpayers and voters. They're complaining, our Congress, senators and congressmen, and the president and his cabinet, about the Iraqis going home for vacation for August. I think that's an insult if they do it, but if ours do it also, that's another insult, because we have so much unfinished business, and the way we are ... in the economy, they should be working, too." - Leitersburg

"The evidence that President Bush was wrong to invade Iraq just keeps coming out, and he just keeps distorting the facts. Are supporters of Bush really OK with the fact that we're spending $10 billion a month there? Do you know what that money could do for our own country? Do you know that it's being just wasted over there, paid out for huge defense contracts? President Bush keeps trying to link Iraq to 9/11. It's just not true. The facts are not there. Time for Americans to pressure him to bring our troops home once and for all. And don't call in and tell me to get out of the country, because I'm an American." - Sharpsburg

"When the president of the U.S. will not listen to 70 percent of the American people on the war in Iraq and withdraw the troops, we need to ask ourself, is the commander in chief able to serve? We have that right in a still-free society." - Hagerstown

"This is the 1,543rd day of 'Mission accomplished.' Isn't that wonderful?" - Hagerstown

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