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June 27, 2008

"(It) never fails. Every time someone in this area has a tree fall or experiences a little hail, they proclaim a tornado may have come through. When your pickup is thrown a quarter of a mile, when the wind sounds like pigs squealing, or your town is absent from the map in the matter of a minute, I suspect there will be little room left for doubt. The people of Oklahoma, Texas, or Kansas would find your cause for alarm unwarranted."

-- Washington County




"It is difficult for me to trust or respect anyone in political life in Washington. I have heard and seen too much through the years. The mess we're in right now ... things that needed changing throughout the years. The terrorist mess should have been taken care of under Clinton, as he was advised by FBI, etc. The illegals, buying oil from the enemy, unprotected borders are the fault of both parties. This is all about money. What has this country done for us? Plenty for others."

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-- Hagerstown




"Kelly Cromer needs to resign today. What a disgrace to the city of Hagerstown. The City Council members must ask her for her resignation immediately, for her remarks about the officer being a liar. Mayor Bruchey and the City Council members need to grow a backbone and join Chief Smith and do what is right and demand her removal. At this time Hagerstown does not need to be disgraced by an elected official who thinks they are above the law. Do what's right. Don't make Hagerstown a joke."




"About the vehicle issue with the city, I have no idea what the City Council's going to decide about vehicles that are taken home by people on call 24/7. I do know that the county officials have said that their take-home vehicles by emergency responders are absolutely needed, and they do not believe they should be taken away. It seems like a stark difference. I just wonder why."




"At 4:30 on Tuesday afternoon, I attempted to get through Funkstown. The bridge was closed. Why at least couldn't they put up some detour signs, so those of us who do not know the way around can find our way back to the shopping places that we want to get to on the other side of the bridge? This is ridiculous."

-- Hagerstown




"Now that the trial balloons about a federal prison being built in the Mount Aetna farms area has exploded, maybe people should have you, as reporters, seriously look at the people that are involved and the possible future of text amendments regarding zoning ordinance, and the changes that were necessary in order to put the hospital, or a type of hospital campus, in that area which is adjacent to this property."

-- Hagerstown




"I was looking forward to two presidential candidates campaigning on their true, honest beliefs, telling it like it is. Looks like the same old political song and dance to me. Looks like politics as usual."

-- Greencastle, Pa.




"I was up at the Smithsburg carnival (the other night), went clear up there for nothing -- it was rained out. Then, come to find out they wanted $2.50 for a hot dog. Myself and a couple of the mothers up there I overheard talking, it's just, we couldn't believe it. I mean, that is really high for a hot dog, $2.50. The one woman had four little kids, and she says 'That would be $10 to get my kids hot dogs.' So come on, Smithsburg, lower the prices. You're too high on your food."

-- Hagerstown




"To the person who called in about the energy, from Boonsboro, who wrote in to letters to the editor, in the first place, as far as these oil countries go, it was Jimmy Carter who just went over there with a big, toothy smile and visited the oil barons over there in Saudi Arabia. How anti-American could he be? He put a wreath on Arafat's grave. And also, the all-time high unemployment rate, for the other person who called in, was the highest under Mr. Carter. It was 18 percent. And we had gas lines, and even and uneven gas days."

-- Waynesboro, Pa.




"The governor wants $21 million transferred from the Route 9 project in Jefferson County to Fairmont. Why not use the $21 million for a bypass around Berkeley Springs? Isn't Fairmont the governor's hometown?"

-- Jefferson County, W.Va.




"Could everyone in Hagers-town please get over the Kelly Cromer warning ticket? With all of the hate in this area and the problems we have in this world, with all the drugs, violence, the war in Iraq, $4-a-gallon gas, this sure seems like an awful small problem. If everyone put as much attention into the drugs, violence, the war in Iraq, and $4-a-gallon gas as the do in a warning ticket to a councilwoman, we could solve all the problems in no time. It's been two weeks, people. Get over it."

-- Funkstown




"I'm tired of reading about Councilwoman Cromer. Mrs. Cromer, contact the police department and pay your ticket as other citizens do, and that will solve the matter. Show the public that you are a good citizen and a councilwoman."

-- Hagerstown




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