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What do you think?

April 07, 2008

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week there were two poll questions. The first question was:

Who should take responsibility for helping cut the teen pregnancy rate?

"Part of the problem with our kids today is the government's involvement. They tell us how and what we can do to raise our kids then when they turn out terrible they hang the issue on the parents and hold them accountable. The government should give the moral compass up to the parents and get out of the planned parenthood business."

"This is a community problem for which everyone needs to take some responsibility in some form. If you bury your head in the sand and say it is the teens, then we will never solve the problem. Churches, schools and the government need to be involved."

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"I am a little concerned about the usage of the term 'rate.' By definition rate is a measure of a part relative to the whole. Meaning this 'rate' of increase on teenage pregnancy is presumably up. But it's deemed by the number of incidences not the ratio of pregnancies to the entire viable population. Is the true 'rate' really going up? Sure, there are more pregnancies, but aren't there also more teens? It almost seems like the true rate is static or even in decline compared to the growth in terms of populous. I think the numbers should be represented factually, not misinterpreted and published to generate funding. What is the real 'rate' (percentage of pregnant vs. the whole) compared to historical data?"

"When are parents going to take responsibility for their children. I am almost positive students are not getting pregnant in school. Parents need to know where and what their children are doing. Moral values come from home and church. That is where it starts and where it should end. I am sorry for those who don't have caring parents, but that is because the government has given the parents the right to just ignore their kids and blame everyone else. Look inside yourself as a parent and ask, 'am I doing everything I can to help my children or just sitting back and taking the easy road.'"

Last week's second question was:

Should Washington County's legislative delegation push to require the Washington County Commissioners to have an impact study done before the one-lane bridge at Funkstown is closed for repairs?

"It would seem to me that if the bridge is a safety issue then what good would an impact study do to help the situation? I realize business will be hurt but better that than the bridge collapsing causing death and injury to drivers."

"This is a simple task, either you want it done or not. ... if you want it to be safe then go ahead and get it done. A study will not answer that question. All you have to do is decide which."

"Our Washington County Delegation is powerless when it comes to saving USM Hagerstown but they can halt county plans to repair the Funkstown Bridge.This delay may cost the county $1 million. What are they thinking? Would this be happening if we had home rule?"

"I don't believe the commissioners gave enough thought about safety for those who need fire protection, medical protection. All they think about is what the state will give them in money."

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