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January 02, 2009

"How insane is it that the Public Works Department of the City of Hagerstown can't mail you out a form that you then can return with a check, in order to have a piece of trash picked up? That makes no sense at all. It's no wonder that appliances end up out at the curb. People just don't have the patience or whatever to drive into Public Works to pick up a form? Get with it, folks."

-- Hagerstown




"I just want to thank everyone who helped locate my foster dog. I had agreed to help with the care of a dog recently who would have otherwise been euthanized. My daughter was very distraught when she accidentally let him out. We spent hours trying to corral him, to no avail. Because he was so new to our home and our North End neighborhood, we were worried he would not be able to find his way home. Thanks to everyone who helped get him back. I was amazed at the kindness exhibited by my neighbors in the North End, especially the residents of View Street. I've always been a believer in the goodness of people, but you all helped confirm my feelings. In this time of a crumbling economy and feelings of hopelessness, I am so happy and blessed to have neighbors like you."

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"Just to let you know, every time the phrase 'King George' is uttered, I despise Democrats even more. Think about this when you want us all to unite under Barack Obama."




"First, let me applaud Don Bowman on the beautiful work done on his building in the downtown 'historic district.' It is one of the few assets to the downtown area. The windows look great and should not be an issue. What should be taken on as an issue is the sparkling street with its embedded designs, which is tacky, as well as blinding on a sunny day. Mr. Bowman should have those on the committee to give explanation on how that ties into the big 'historic picture.'"

-- Hagerstown




"I have to laugh at all the concern about Caroline Kennedy not having any political experience to handle the Senate position. Take a look at all the experience in Washington and consider what it has done for/to this country. I think fresh, new, inexperienced thinking that has a brain could be a big plus for the country."

-- Greencastle, Pa.




"I think it's unfortunate that the developers who are taking over these older properties to restore them are being discouraged from meeting the specifications of this historic development in some of the other areas."




"I'm calling in regards to the government bailing out the banks and the automobile industry. Why don't some of the big millionaire CEOs and executives put some of their money into the company? Would they bail out us people that make $8 or $10 an hour? Well, you can answer that, 'No.'"




"I'm calling about the guy that shot the two dogs on his own land. I would like to know where I can make a donation to his defense, to help him out a little bit. I think he is in the right."

-- Bunker Hill, W.Va.




"The news in the paper about pollution is a factor in the bay and it blamed the farmers, and it's not the farmers at all. It's all the sewage disposal plants, like in Waynesboro and Hagerstown, that dump into the Antietam, which goes on to the Potomac and goes on to the bay. And that goes on from Susquehanna all the way from Cumberland down to the bay, and that is what is polluting our bay. It's not the farmers and it's not our septic systems, which cost us $35 a year. They're putting the blame at the wrong place, and it's about time they wake up to it."

-- Smithsburg




"I read Curtis Myers' letter that was in your issue Saturday, and I was pleased to read at the bottom of his letter where The Herald-Mail is gonna stand by the stories and articles that they did run concerning Antrim Township's mismanagement, concerning the workers that lost their job. I was really pleased to read that The Herald-Mail is gonna stand by those articles that they ran concerning Antrim Township mismanagement. So way to go, Herald-Mail."

-- Greencastle, Pa.




"To the people who are saying that Sarah Palin has no brain: They don't know how to look at real history and actual facts. She was the governor of a state, the state of Alaska, a much bigger state than any other had -- especially that little state down there called Arkansas, where ... Clinton came from."

-- Hagerstown




"Regarding the picture in the paper on Monday, Dec. 29, page A3, of the teacher, Dean Hamburg, I would just like to comment on how Mr. Hamburg is always such a student favorite, and he's always looking out for the welfare and the well-being of his students. We remember him from Winter Street Elementary, and how much he did for the administration, for the faculty and for the community. We just want to say that we miss you in the West End."




"I'm reading in the paper where this person from Smithsburg was wondering why we thought, or people thought, that it was so funny that that man threw a shoe at President Bush. The only thing that I see was that's funny that he didn't get hit. It might have knocked some sense into his head."

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