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What Do You Think?

June 08, 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 three poll questions. The first question was: Who should decide who will be the Democratic nominee for president?

"Using the same logic that many Democrats used after the 2000 election when Al Gore 'won' because he had more popular votes, the Democrats should use the majority of the voters."

"I thought that in this country we, the people, would decide on who our elected officials would be. ... We live in America, where the American people should make these decisions."

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"We are told that every vote counts. Guess that is not true. This primary is a mess, it's more complicated then filling in your income tax. The superdelegates deciding who really gets chosen makes it feel like a Third World-country election. If a majority of a state votes for (Hillary) Clinton or (Barack) Obama then that should be counted as a total win for the one who won. It is a manipulation of the system."

"Both parties have never used the popular vote to determine their presidential nomination. Clinton is using this 'trick' to try to get the nomination. Clinton never expected a fight. ... She will bring the party down with her 'politics.' ..."

"Well, it is definitely a sad reflection on our society that our next president will be either (John) McCain, Obama or Clinton. Not really sure we could have a sadder group of choices then this one. Makes me incredibly sad."

The second question was: How many new shopping centers are needed at the I-70/U.S. 40 interchange east of Hagerstown?

"Out of curiosity, shouldn't we first build and expand our highways and roads before we start building more shopping centers? Seems like there is not a whole lot of thought going into how we are going to handle all the additional vehicle traffic that additional shopping centers will create."

"The more stores, the less we have to travel south or west."

"Yes, we do need to improve the road infrastructure in the East End of Hagerstown. However, the East End is a very heavily populated part of town, and there are not sufficient eating and shopping venues in the area for residents to patronize. With the price of gas, a trip to Frederick may not be an option. In addition, either one or both of these centers would bring jobs to the area, and additional money to the county as well. I say build away."

"The photos of the plans in The Herald Mail on Sunday showed no expansion of the roads. Please use common sense and build roads before adding additional vehicles to them. If the price of gas continues to be high, don't expect this to be a major shopping destination other than for those who live nearby, so it may be best to scale back."

"We need more shopping centers on the East End of town. It is difficult to find a store that sells just about everything in that area. We need stores that we are having to travel to Frederick and (Washington) D.C., for now."

"We have too much empty retail space sitting around now. Use that first, then if everyone feels the need for more, go for it, after the road infrastructure has been upgraded. It is a bad problem getting worse already!"

The third question was: Should Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama ask Hillary Clinton to be his vice presidential running mate?

"... Yes, Hillary brings a different group of older voters to be added to Obama's younger group, which would help them gain more votes collectively. Hillary also brings more political experience."

"If he did, he would have to hire a full-time food taster."

"If he wants to win, he'd better put her on the ticket."

"Ms. Clinton would be bored out of her skull as vice president, and being bored, she would be putting in her cent's worth where it is not wanted or needed. The president is the chief executive and he does not need a rival in the vice president's office."

"Who cares? Neither has proven leadership ability, experience or qualifications to be president of the United States of America."

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