What do you think? for December 7

December 07, 2008

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, 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 do you use as a holiday greeting?

"Unlike some people, I say Happy Holidays, because I tolerate others' religions.Why be ignorant of others' feelings? There is more than one religous celebration in the wintertime around the same days."

"I say Merry Christmas because Christ is the reason we celebrate in the first place. Today's society can deny it and try to disguise it all they want but if it were not for Christ, there would be no reason for celebration. Those who love the Lord shouldn't have to hide it. It seems we have become more tolerant of and accepting of all other religions and are becoming more hostile and condeming of Christians. What are you afraid of?"


"Merry Christmas is the right answer for me. I think there is war on Christians in this country to eliminate their inflence as much as possible."

"I will continue to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I am not offended when one of my Jewish friends wish me a Happy Hanukkah, in fact I am honored. The liberal fear of being offensive to a few is offensive and restrictive to the majority. If you are offended by someone giving you a season greeting, regardless of the faith of the greeting, then you have more issues than religion to address."

"I'm not offended by happy holidays. One religion does not define this nation."

The second question was: What do you think of President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet choices so far?

"I think it's too early to tell. The economy is in a recession and the terrorists are still attacking. I think Clinton was promised a position by Obama during the election for some favor from her as was the governor of New Mexico."

"I'm actually waiting for Mr. Change to pull off his mask and Bill Clinton is standing there as president. The lefties have to be steaming. He has made a quicker run to the center, even two years before Clinton did. Now that he is getting the daily intelligence briefings, he is becoming aware of reality, and he is having to make decisions based on that information."

"It continues to be same old, same old. These persons, directly or indirectly based upon their previous occupations, are authors or participants in policy decisions that have led to the domestic and foreign messes we find ourselves. I suppose it cannot be otherwise. The result is, in my opinion, there will be nothing substantial to do other than to attempt to steer a sane course into the future. In four years, there is likely to be the same enemies. In four years, the American people will still be grubbing for more and more of everything and expressing less and less responsibility for their situation. In four years, at the most eight years, the public will be clamoring for a change."

"Has it ever occurred to anyone that he might be picking people who might actually have the fortitude to implement the policies he wants? Sounds like people are terrified that Obama might not actually be at the helm, that the people he has appointed to be the delivery service of his promised change will just do what they want despite what he asks to have happen. Let the man get into office and actually start doing his job before the griping starts, please. Good for Obama for picking qualified people regardless of their affiliation. Even if some of these people carry some baggage, as he says the change will begin under his management. Refreshing to have someone who's not afraid to have people around him who disagree after eight years of a Bush dictatorship."

The third question was: Do you approve of a plan to install cameras at traffic signals in Hagerstown to catch scofflaws?

"These are long overdue. Maybe now those that choose to run red lights for whatever reason will think twice if it affects their wallets. The first intersections should be Dual/Eastern and Dual/Edgewood.

Hagerstown isn't Los Angeles; it's a moneymaker and nothing more. Violators learn where the cameras are, they slow down to avoid the ticket, then go back to driving aggressively. The salesman trying to pawn these says it all; Nestor Traffic Systems would install the cameras for free in exchange for a $35 cut from "each paid citation."

If you want revenue YOU better think again ... Last week, Dallas officials reviewed the numbers and decided that a quarter of the cameras they had installed to catch motorists running red lights were too effective. So they shut them down. They are not alone. Faced with data showing that drivers pay attention to cameras at intersections - resulting in fewer ticketable violations and ever-shrinking revenue from fines - municipalities across the country are reconsidering red light cameras, which often work too well.

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