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What Do You Think?

October 19, 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: What expenses have you cut the most because of the difficult economy?

"What difficult economy?!?!? Gas has come down and that's a good thing!!"

"I drive no more than necessary, eat out every day as I am alone and can't cook, haven't had a vacation in four years, attend very little entertainment, and spend most of my money on medicines. It's hell to get old."

"My spending has not changed. I rarely eat out. I top the gas off once a week, which is usually a quarter of a tank. I do go to movies, but go to Leitersburg, which is cheap, and enjoy the outdoors, fishing, walking and other nonexpensive entertainment. I do fly to visit the kids and that is once a year. I will continue to spend the same until I see what happens with this economy as I do not believe the politicians or news media."

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"Since the start of the gas prices going up, we have retooled our expenditures. With the prices of groceries and gas being higher, this leaves less to spend on other things like dining out. I also have a vegetable garden that helped get us through the summer. We still spend about the same amount of money per month, it just doesn't go as far as it did a couple of years ago. Gas is starting to come down, but grocery prices are still high."

The second question was: Will you vote in favor of legalizing slot machines in Maryland?

"I voted yes, but find myself asking why? Slots will only take money from people who already do not have enough money to live on. People that do lotteries/slots are general those looking to get rich fast and have little educational background. However, without slots, I see the state raising taxes to offset the lack of revenue. At this point, I am not sure how I will vote in November."

"I voted no. It's a political gimmick. No one wanted it when the Republican wanted it and now it's the great rescue. I do not believe they will make that much money. People will not have it to spend. It has potential for increased crime and other issues."

"Charles Town will offer free $20 gas vouchers or give quarter tokens for 20 cents to Marylanders. Then, Maryland will sweeten the pot by some means. Everybody and each state is trying to chase a limited supply of bucks. It is actually silly, but once one state starts the process, everybody has to play the game or pay higher taxes. There are a lot of desperate folks in this economy and many will lose a lot more than they can afford in hopes of getting a leg up. We will soon be pumping money into Atlantic City to stop it from going broke because of all the East Coast competition. Maybe the U.S. will start bailing out the states from their budget problems. There seems to be an unlimited supply of bailout money available for everything else. We'll pay it back with interest as soon as we can."

"Those who oppose slots in Maryland on the grounds that it will take money from people who can least afford it are arguing on weak grounds. With Charles Town and Penn National so close to us, and other venues within a day's drive, many people are already spending money they don't have in other states. In addition, they are probably buying their gas to get to and from those states, so Maryland is losing fuel revenue to boot. By the way, I have not decided yet whether I am for or against. The crime issue seems to be the strongest argument against slots."

The third question was: Who won Wednesday night's final presidential debate?

"(Barack Obama) has the same oratorical skills as (Bill) Clinton. He is a better talker, just not a better walker. Unfortunately, Senator (John) McCain is too nice of a guy to rip the rug out from (Obama) and ask questions that America needs answers to. So much to learn, but if you don't ask, they certainly won't tell."

"(Obama) won hands down. (McCain) looked like he was a puppet with a fake smile and couldn't remember what he was going to say. Sorta like watching 'Lost in Space.'"

"So sad, that the person who looks better on TV in our country always seems to win. Very sad. Just because Obama is a gifted orator and has a very pleasant on-air personality and is very likable does not mean his policies are good for the country. People wake up! Pay attention to the issues! So sad that most people in this country have no clue. Even Obama knows this. He knows most people are not liberals and that is why he is pretending not to be one."

"I tried to watch the debate, however, after 30 minutes, I had enough. I have voted for a Republican president for many years and I have to say that I will probably vote for McCain since Obama is so liberal. I honestly do not care for either candidate or their running mates. It troubles me that neither party can come up with any better candidates than these people to run our country."

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