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March 13, 2009

"To the Chambersburg, Pa., caller who said the GOP was careening toward oblivion: I'd rather be careening toward oblivion than careening toward socialism, which is what's going on in this country."

- Shepherdstown, W.Va.




"Just a small comment on the spelling bee I attended this past weekend. After a child misspelled their word, it would have been a good idea for one of the judges to spell the word correctly."

- Hagerstown




"My wife works for Citicorp, which is a member of Citigroup here in Hagerstown. ... In The Herald-Mail on Tuesday, March 10, Citigroup is spending $3.5 million to reward Smith Barney advisers. Who are the Smith Barney advisers? They are the ones that invest money that the employees put into the company. Why can't the company give it to the workers, instead of advising and giving pay raises and bonuses to people who invest their money? That makes no sense."

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- Washington County




"This is to all you people that are down on Obama's plan, and saying this is his fault, going down with the sinking ship and all this. To all you people out there: Sit down, take a deep breath. The man's only been in office for 42 days. ... Take a deep breath, drink a beer, and shut your pie holes. Give the man a chance. It took George Bush eight years to mess this up. The man ain't gonna fix it in 42 days."

- Hagerstown




"Our economy has gone from bad to worse. We are about to be taxed more, we are about to lose the war on terror, and are sending money to Gaza that we need ourselves. Our relationship with the rest of the world has been made worse. We are not drilling for oil, so our dependence on the Middle East continues, yet Obama still has a high approval?"

- Hagerstown




"At this point, does it really matter which party is responsible for this recession? We all need to put on our big kid undies and realize it is what it is. We just have to help each other out to get through this. What goes up must eventually come down, and the economy is no different."

- Hagerstown




"Regarding Sunday, March 8, Tom Janus' article was correct. The BOE is spending money on Barbara Ingram School for the Arts that should be going to necessary school improvement. If these art students need special schooling, have them pay tuition to fund their education, like college students do. The BISFA is going to be a constant drain on our school system."

- Hagerstown




"I cannot believe that the president John Barr of the County Commissioners could endorse a candidate for the mayor of Hagerstown. To me this is in unethical, and I don't know how in the world he could get away with doing a thing like this."

- Boonsboro




"I just drove through downtown Hagerstown and back, from one end to the other, and I can't believe some of the stuff I witnessed. It's kind of funny. One woman that was behind me, she was eating, drinking, and talking on her cell phone. I don't see how she kept from wrecking in the back of me a couple of times, but at least she didn't. Then I'm heading west on Franklin Street, and when I pull out into traffic ... because people were just speeding, heading out of Hagerstown on 40."

- Hagerstown




"We have rich Americans that are tax evaders. They put their money in Swiss banks and Cayman Islands banks. They do not pay income taxes on the interest. The rest of us pay our taxes."

- Williamsport




"Until last week, visits from Brits to U.S. meant a gracious welcome. After all, Britain is our only friend. For Obama to snub Gordon Brown (purposely) and give him a bust of Churchill given to the White House, showed ignorance on Obama's part. Brown is for democracy, so I guess Obama had little in common with him. I am ashamed of this administration."

- Hagerstown




"Obama must be enjoying our taxpayers' money, because he has been to Camp David within six weeks of being elected president, and the first time they took other people along, like friends and friends of their children. Who's paying for all this, if us taxpayers aren't?"

- Middletown, Md.




"As a former schoolteacher and still recovering alcoholic, I heard recently on the news that Father Martin of Father Martin's Ashley - I believe it's in Cecil County - died today, or early this morning. We continue to use his lessons and skills. One tremendous facility. For those of you don't know it, this is probably the second place to Betty Ford's institute. My heart goes out to the gentleman. May God bless him."

- Hagerstown




"You know you liberal Democrats are always saying that you're sick and tired of people disagreeing with Obama, and how disrespectful it is to say anything against your so-called president of the U.S. You even go so far as to say it should be against the law or treason to say anything against him and not support him. Well, guess what? For the last eight years, you have done nothing but complain and disrespect the president, Mr. Bush. He deserved the same respect and support you demand for your president, but you didn't give it."

- Clear Spring




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