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September 08, 2009

"I am a young mother, and I see no - there is no reason why a young mother should kill a 7-month-old and not be charged with murder. I understand it's very overwhelming, and it's hard work, but you knew that before having a baby, so there's no reason or explanation why she should not be charged with murder. She had no right, and the way she acted when she found the baby dead, there's no reason for that."

- Hagerstown




"I would like to thank the Hagerstown police department, please. I live up in Gateway Crossings, and I had my front door open just now, just to leave some fresh air in, and they come up and checked to make sure I was OK, because they never seen my door open. ... Thank you so much. This is our wonderful Hagerstown police department. ... They're doing their job."

- Hagerstown

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"Prisoners or inmates - it doesn't matter what you call them. They're behind bars. They have no rights. We give them everything they want. They get the best of both worlds. They can complain about things, they get stimulus checks, but yet the country is in turmoil. And we give the people that are bad, behind bars, a better life than what most people in the U.S. are living. Now what's wrong with that picture?"

- Hagerstown




"I have a solution for this health insurance problem that we're facing. Give everyone the same benefits that the senators and the people in Washington get, and then tax - and this is a sore point - tax 1 cent on every dollar spent, to finance it."

- Smithsburg area




"New car dealerships in various states in the union have been on TV, saying they have at least $700,000 coming to them from the government which they haven't received yet. Some of them have only received one or two payments for the Cash for Clunkers. Well, right now, the latest figure from the government is we owe $500 million daily to foreign countries, just in interest on the money that we've borrowed."

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"I know there is a law you can't draw unemployment and work. This person is putting the work check in his wife's name. She doesn't work. Is this legal? What is the consequences?"

- Boonsboro




"These people who call in who condone torture just don't get it. Your arguments would make sense if the world was made up entirely of mobs of uncivilized, immoral savages who war with each other out of instinct rather than necessity, including us. But we, the U.S., and other civilized countries are supposed to be better than our brutal, backward enemies. Cheney and Bush forgot that, or perhaps didn't believe it in the first place. If we reduce ourselves to their level and become what we hate, then who are we?"

- Greencastle, Pa.




"Front headlines: Maryland budget cuts take $7 million from county aid. I didn't read where commissioners, delegates or BOE's taking cuts, but people on Social Security will be cut for two years. The raise that we won't get, they might as well give that to a bowling tournament."

- Clear Spring




"To Ed Forrest: Thank you for your service as an elected school board member; however, as a result of your DUI arrest, please do the right thing and take accountability for your actions by resigning from your school board post. Washington County schools have a zero-tolerance policy for this type of behavior. Whether or not the policy explicitly addresses school board members should be irrelevant."

- Hagerstown




"I was just wondering if anybody else has tasted the water to be funny-tasting since last week."

- Sharpsburg




"This is in reference to the 'friends at work' code. I just recently lost my best friend of six and a half years because that fine line of friend and work code of ethics was crossed, and I didn't approve. I pray every day I can forget and forgive, so please, think first."

- Halfway




"OK, let's see. I risk my life every day to take care of violent criminals, and I get a pay cut and have to take unpaid furlough days? Do they ever lose sleep over how they will pay their bills? I heard the state is building a new education center up at Corrigansville for the 'lifers.' I can see giving them some books and GED opportunities, but these are folks that will most likely never be productive taxpaying citizens."

- Hancock




"With the news about the hiring of high school coaches, with a teacher in the school given first choice over the out-of-school person, the teacher might be the best teacher in the school but would not make a very good coach, but the out-of-school person would make a great coach. Let the local school principal and A.D. do the interviewing, because most of the time they are known from being around the school anyway."

- Hancock




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