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February 07, 2008

"I was listening to John McCain's speech Saturday, and I thought - I closed my eyes just for curiosity, and I thought I was listening to George Bush. He sounds exactly like him. He wants to stay over there in Iraq, make sure of Iran and Pakistan, the whole bit, so the way it looks to me, we'd be in conflict the next 10 or 15 years." - Hagerstown




"To the person who called in about the drunken driver that hit 11 cars on the street and didn't get jail: I'm not defending a drunken driver, but we do have something called due process in this country yet, and we do have trials, and when he goes to trial, I'm sure he'll get some jail time. The only thing I thought when I read that article was - I guess it seems shocking because 11 vehicles were damaged - but the one thing you could be thankful for is that apparently no one was in those vehicles and no one was injured or killed, which was a miracle." - Hagerstown suburb

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"Well, it looks like the senior citizens are gonna get another slap in the face. With the rebates coming out in May, we get nothing. The first of the year, we got a small raise on Social Security, but then they raised Medicare and everything else. Gas for our cars, groceries, insurance, taxes, utilities - do we not pay the same price as the person making $30,000 to $150,000 a year? I'm sure most senior citizens would appreciate some kind of rebate." - Falling Waters, W.Va.




"I, too, disagree with the Brandon Morris verdict. He deliberately put that pin in himself so he could be taken to the hospital, where he obviously planned to escape. He should have received the death penalty. I have my sympathies going to the family of the officer who was killed. I just think it is a miscarriage of justice all the way. The next time he has to go to the hospital, I don't think he should be treated." - Hagerstown




"This smoking ban is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. If you don't want to be around smoke, then don't go to a place that allows smoking. There are plenty of restaurants around that don't allow smoking in their establishments."




"In The Morning Herald, the schedule for the BOE has on its agenda requests to buy new furniture for the three new schools. Question: What's wrong with moving the old furniture from the old schools to the new schools? I would hope that anybody that's elected to the BOE in the next election will have the foresight to control the members of the BOE staff, to stop their spending. Washington County is fed up with the obnoxious spending." - Hagerstown




"I'm not a big Redskins fan, but Darryl Green and Art Monk going into the Hall of Fame is certainly a plus. Art Monk is long overdue, and Darryl Green just deserves to be there, too. You never heard - in those guys' career, you never heard them getting in any trouble like some of these guys today. They are true gentlemen, and they deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, and I'm glad they're there." - Hagerstown




"Even though it has been last month, Jan. 28 to be exact, that the article about bullying is a problem in school, I can't get over the fact that some of the BOE candidates had no knowledge of this. Have they not talked to teachers, students, parents about this? And they want us to vote for them? No way." - Hagerstown




"About the Maryland homeowners tax credit program, the number is 800-944-7403. I've been using it for several years, and they're great about it." - Funkstown




"Thumbs up to Mr. Tony Towne, shown in the Monday paper with his two girls. He knows where his priorities lie. He's a family man, and that's the way it should be once you get married and have children. God bless you, Mr. Towne." - Hancock




"Concerning the smoking ban in Maryland, I'm really disappointed that our veterans, who have fought and seen the horrors of war, can't go to their own club and have a cigarette. That's a shame. They fight for our freedom, and yet they can't have a cigarette. What's next? I think everybody ought to get on this, just like they did with the light bulbs. Come on, veterans, let everybody know how you feel." - Broadfording Road




"To the home rule charter opponent who claims that all our County Commissioners are from the Hagerstown area: You are wrong. John Barr and Terry Baker are both from Clear Spring, and Bill Wivell is from Smithsburg. Where do you get (your) 'facts?'"




"I don't know what disgusts me more, Brandon Morris sticking his tongue out at the legal system, or The Herald-Mail printing the picture. Some things just don't need to be printed, especially such a disgraceful act by a low-life like him."




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