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October 04, 2007

"After two bad experiences with the two one-way streets in Funkstown, it is time to let someone know that placing two one-way streets going in the same direction next to each other is insane. Name one city in the country where two one-way streets next to each other both go the same direction. It is called common sense; one goes one direction and the other goes the other direction. Just go there during any time of the day and check out the massive confusion this causes, with trying to get out on to Edgewood from either Poplar or Chestnut, let alone trying to get through Funkstown, backed up 27 cars deep at the light. C'mon, you have to be smarter than this."

? Hagerstown

"A WCPS board member was quoted in the paper Wednesday, saying she has a real problem splitting up the close-knit community at Greenbrier Elementary. Another board member last week said she worried about Boonsboro families who may have children split between two different elementary schools. Yet, in the same breath, the entire board is willing to dismantle Funkstown School altogether, rip our community and school to shreds, and bus kids in from all over the city for pre-K and kindergarten only. They're also willing to separate hundreds of siblings from Funkstown, Doub, Eastern and Bester, and not even give it a second thought. When it comes to the school board, clearly money and social status talk much louder than a fair and equal education for all."

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? Funkstown

"This country is in real trouble. There are terrorist cells here in the U.S. but we don't know just where. Remember the doctors in England last summer who were terrorists? Our good hearts were in the right place letting others come here, but it has backfired on us. We aren't very well liked, but our (milk) and honey is. Yet our government has done nothing to protect us or make any changes. People coming here are treated better than we are. Politicians are all good talk, but can they walk the walk?"

? Hagerstown

"I do not typically complain about The Herald-Mail, but this makes no sense. The Oct. 3 issue had on the front page in big bold letters that the remains of a World War II vet had been found 63 years after his death. Well, that's great, but what about the 16-year-old girl who has been missing from Hagerstown since Sept. 12 of this year? That article is in the same issue, only closer to the back, with a smaller picture and smaller letters, under 'Police Briefs,' where it is probably being overlooked by most readers. I feel that the Herald has let the police department and the family of this girl down by not having her picture on the front page of the paper in big letters so that people would have noticed it better. The Herald seems to be more worried about something that was found from 63 years ago than they are of a teenage girl that is missing today. I hope the Herald takes these types of matters more serious in the future."

? Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

"If laughter is good for you, I should be in tip-top shape after reading Tim Rowland's article about the Virginia Council of Churches. I must say, I'm glad we made the decision to move to 'Wild and Wonderful' more than three years ago, and avoid the ongoing stigma of being from Hagerstown. Tim Rowland is such a skilled writer, and in his quest of a theme leaves a huge moral to his story. I wonder if those who are responsible get the moral of his article. I doubt it. One point made in the article regarding those not wanted in the area: The Klan in Sharpsburg? Now, I feel I don't get it, Tim. You certainly could not mean that you feel it was wrong to kick the Klan out of Sharpsburg. That organization should be abolished all together, don't you agree? Herald-Mail, Tim Rowland is one (of) the (main) reasons we keep our subscription to your paper."

? Falling Waters, W.Va.

"The new roads going to the new hospital ? am I missing something? Where would the magic roads be?"

? Hagerstown

"I'm calling in about the article from the person who said that San Diego County is pressuring the federal government to help them take care of the costs of paying for the illegals. I just heard a man on TV talking about how these same local governments in all these border states are complaining that the government's not doing enough if they don't simply fill out the needed paperwork to identify these illegals. He said only one percent of them actually do the correct paperwork. So these border states, these local governments of these border states, want the federal government to do what they think they should do, but yet they're not doing their part. He said it's really a problem, and I just thought, everybody wants the local government, the federal government to do all this work, but they won't do the work that they need to do to help the federal government."

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