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September 14, 2009

"This is about that little boy, 8-year-old boy, that was hit by a car. I didn't used to give to things because I thought I didn't have enough to give, but I thought that if everyone in this town would give whatever they can afford, maybe for some it'd be $3, some $5, some $10, whatever you can afford would help if each family would give something. So I just wanted to say I don't know these people or anything, it's just I thought, if that was my little grandson, you know."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about the greedy waitress that was complaining about people using coupons and not tipping the 15 to 20 percent of the original bill. You give waitresses a bad name. You're lucky to have a job in this bad economy and yet you're complaining. Some people can only go out to eat with a coupon, and that is a treat for them. And maybe they can only afford a few dollars. That is better than nothing. You said that they should just stay home. How would that affect your money then? And yes, I understand. I am a licensed hairdresser."

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- Williamsport




"It is such a shame that the students of Washington County were denied the opportunity to see and hear President Obama give the wonderful and inspiring speech that he just did because of pressure from some narrow-minded people. There was nothing political in the speech. He did not push his agenda. He only urged the students to work hard toward their goals and get a good education."

- Hagerstown




"I see where the Washington County Public Schools did not back up the allowing the president's speech. I'm glad to see that prejudice and ignorance is still alive in Washington County."

- Hagerstown




"I'm divorcing my wife. She's a communist, a socialist. She has Medicare and she uses Medicare all of the time because she's so sick. I'm divorcing her. I'm married to a communist. She uses Medicare, government-run health care. I'm divorcing her, she's a communist. Now how silly does that sound?"

- Martinsburg, W.Va.




"Two more inmates have escaped from a Maryland prison. I guess some poor housewife will have to be killed before the state has to answer for its ridiculous security procedures."

- Hagerstown




"Would the czar of the U.S. like to have a French Revolution? He keeps on naming so-called czars in the U.S. and he just might have one."

- Hagerstown




"It seems like everyone is angered that Obama's speech was not shown in Washington County schools. I, on the other hand, was pleased with their decision. I am not against presidents going to schools and speaking, or even giving a speech. However, I find Obama's timing and the way he did it to be very calculated. I don't think he gave the speech to encourage our children. I think he gave it to cause the so-called controversy so people would forget about his ridiculous health care plan. Also, don't ask me if I am a Republican or Democrat. That has nothing to do with my opinion on this matter."

- Hagerstown




"When a very, very loud minority of people can stop a president of the United States from letting schoolkids hear him, what is this country coming to? I'll bet there is a minority of people who think the moon is made of green cheese, but that doesn't make it so."

- Sharpsburg




"Why don't they enforce the 30 mph limit on Eastern Boulevard since they put the signs up around the YMCA? I've not seen one police cruiser there since the signs have been put up. Where are the police? This is an important area and the police should be there, as the cars are speeding going both ways. Wake up."

- Hagerstown




"People, don't be so gullible. The speech that Obama gave to the children was not the original speech he was gonna give before parents started objecting to it. The work materials handed out in advance is proof of that. And for those who can't let go of George Bush, when his father visited the schoolchildren, the Dems called for an all-out investigation, even the finances - anything to cause the Republicans grief. Again, one word: hypocrites."

- Hagerstown




"What incredible poor taste, to see your cartoon of the president of the United States with a copy of Pravda, and handing out candy to children like a pedophile. For me, the current value of your paper is reading the funeral arrangements of my friends (who) have died, and finding the specials of the grocery stores."

- Hagerstown




"In the paper, Del. Andrew Serafini makes the comment that the school system didn't have enough time to give them other opportunities to hear the president's speech. I was wondering how the rest of the U.S. was able to make the decision on whether or not the students had opportunities. How far behind is our county?"

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about the president's speech. I cannot believe that Washington County has once again bowed to the reactionary right. I wondered if The Herald-Mail would publish the Bill of Rights, specifically the right to free speech, on the front page of the newspaper. People in this county are nuts. We can't let our kids hear the president in school? That's sick."

- Hagerstown




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