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June 18, 2008

"Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises proved irrefutably in 1912 that collectivism/socialism can never work in a free society. Yet ignoramuses continue to 'discover and invent' collectivism anew."




"The so-called vendetta against Councilwoman Cromer: She is in a decoy vehicle - her husband's car - and the police still single her out among a line of other cars. The officer radios for advice, gets a neutral response and decides on a warning ticket, even as she is sarcastic. I hope they have a vendetta against me when I am stopped."




"A guest on Bill Moyers' PBS show said the minimum wage, to be equal to the minimum wage of 40 years ago, should be over $9 today. It is now $5.80. What has Congress done for you? It's past time to make some noise."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"How fitting that the article about the 'horrible ordeal' that 'Councilwoman' Cromer had to endure was placed next to the article honoring Officer Chris Nicholson. To go from reading about the ultimate professionalism of Officer Nicholson to the childish and petty words of an elected official makes my hair hurt. How important do you think you are, 'Councilwoman' Cromer? I'm sure the police have far better things to do than to secretly plan ways to harass you. To publicly call Officer Watt a liar over a warning ticket - you should hang your head in shame. I don't know how you could even begin to apologize for this. (Maybe a resignation?) This is such a disappointment. Honestly, I don't know how the (inflated) heads of some of the members of the City Council all fit into one room. I'm sure I speak for many when I thank all law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice."

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- Maugansville




"I see on the news where they're thinking about - or should they raise school lunch prices. No, because those poor kids sometimes don't get breakfast - you just don't know. And the father has, the mother has to have money to go to work with, the way the gas, as high as the gas is. No, don't up the prices. Just let the children have to get their lunches and do the next best. I could not turn one child down that went through that lunch line because they didn't have the money. Please let the children have their lunches."

- Boonsboro




"Regarding the officials and the take-home vehicles, no one should have a take-home vehicle except for those in law enforcement. Having a police car in the neighborhood is a crime deterrent, plus the fact that as soon as they get in the car and turn them on, they are on duty."

- Hagerstown




"This is to the caller who wanted to know if we are in a recession or not, because apples used to be 5 cents during the Depression and now they're $1.30. That's not a recession; that's called inflation. There's a big difference."




"I'm calling about the police officers taking the vehicles home. I can understand to a certain extent some of them doing it, but the ones that live out of state, which I know of at least one that lives out of state, I don't think that's right they should have the car, with us paying the gas, when they live in West Virginia instead of living in Maryland."

- Williamsport




"I read this article about our City Council person getting a warning ticket for speeding. I have been driving for 50 years and I have never, ever heard of anyone getting a warning ticket. I think if that would have been anyone else they would have gotten a ticket for speeding. I think this is outrageous, and should be investigated."

- Hagerstown




"I agree with this letter in the paper about something's fishy with diesel fuel. In all my 53 years of life, even back in the '70s when there was a gas shortage - a real gas shortage - diesel has always been lower than gas - always. Even when prices started climbing, diesel has always been lower than gas. Why all of a sudden is diesel? ... it's to hurt the economy so they can make more money, because they know everything is transported by diesel. Isn't America wonderful?"

- Hagerstown




"I just want to voice my opinion on Kelly Cromer. I was reading in The Herald-Mail, when the officer pulled her over that she was speeding, he goes and calls his sergeant and says 'What should I do, give her a ticket or a warning?' Is that protocol for everyone? Is a phone call made for an everyday Joe that's pulled over for speeding, to call a higher official and say 'Do I give them a ticket or not?' To me, that's just special treatment because she's a councilwoman, and the wife ... This is just totally unfair. If I get pulled over, I get a ticket, regardless of who I am or who knows who. So come on, Kelly Cromer, justice for everyone. Isn't that what you want?"

- Boonsboro




"I'm calling in regards to the Kelly Cromer incident on Walnut Street. I have passed through numerous times - I'm a resident of Washington County, Hagerstown, all my life, for 47 years - and if I was going 20 mph over the speed limit, I know I would have got a ticket. And by her saying 'Do you know who I am?', what kind of - what is that supposed to mean?"




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