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October 08, 2009

"Hagerstown caller, in case you've already forgotten, President Obama (won) with 53 percent of the vote, which is hardly a landslide, and even if it had been, it certainly wouldn't prevent those of us who didn't vote for him for exercising our constitutional and God-given right of freedom of speech, from speaking out to oppose his policies."

-- Frederick, Md.




"American Legion magazine, October 2009, talks about all the 59 countries that men and women are enlisting in our military service, because of an immigration law; three years in, you get American citizenship. ... It seems like we almost have a French foreign legion. ... Thank God for these foreign men and women joining our military."

-- Chewsville




"We live in the town of Boonsboro, within walking distance to Boonsboro Elementary School. I think it's ridiculous that our school is over 120 percent capacity. Individuals who do not live within town limits or near the town of Boonsboro, they should be bused to other schools. I do not feel that it is right for my kids who live near the school to have to be educated in a school that's over 120 percent capacity."

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-- Boonsboro




"This is to the lady whose husband worked for the City of Hagerstown and got laid off. Look at it this way. Say you hired a someone to paint your house, and after the job was done and you had no more work, would you keep them on, and to do nothing, and to continue to pay them?"

-- Clear Spring




"I just want to say something, and I hope it's nice, because schoolteachers don't get any breaks today. I went to school a long time ago, and the schoolteachers knowed everybody's name, the kids were very attentive, because if you weren't, sometimes the teacher was in your house before you got home, telling just what you did that day. Nowadays you hear children, they don't know how to speak, they're whining in the place. I just think that people should respect people more and then the kids would do the same."

-- Hagerstown




"A quick solution to the health care bill would be to put everyone on the same plan the federal employees in D.C. have, and I hear theirs is tops."

-- Hagerstown




"Remember when the media actually employed journalists and reporters and did investigative reporting, rather than publishing presidential releases and other fawning attributes without verification? Change, indeed."

-- Maugansville




"I would like to say I agree with the Clear Spring caller's comment, concerning people not liking to read David Limbaugh's editorials. I mean, those people don't have to read those editorials, and I also agree with her concerning Leonard Pitts' column all the time."

-- Greencastle, Pa.




"I read with interest the story about Keep Tryst Road and Valley Road, where the accidents occur. What's very disturbing to me is I shop in Frederick, I come back 340, and people will take that Route 67 exit, immediately cut back and then merge right back on, go over the ramp, over, and then they'll merge back, and then when they merge it drops them all the way ... it drops them almost down at the bridge and then they merge in traffic, so they cut out a long stretch of waiting in line. That is a real concern for me."

-- Jefferson County, W.Va.




"I want to know, every time I go to the grocery store and things are on sale, the regular price comes up and then you don't see it until maybe the end. But it's very confusing, not just one store but a couple of them. And I don't know if I'm getting the sale price or not."

-- Hagerstown




"This is to the Smithsburg caller and the Hancock caller, about the echoing of the peanut gallery. We've heard from both of you now. We know you're the peanut gallery."

-- Hagerstown




"I'd like to encourage the state police to start sitting on the interstates and watching people coming off exits. With the increase in accidents, from the unintelligent not paying attention when they come onto the interstates, I think the police should start paying attention to that."

-- Hagerstown




"Reiff Church Road at the edge of Maugansville has just been tar-and-chipped by Washington County government. This is another classic example of wasting taxpayers' dollars. Tar-and-chip means you're gonna have to do it more often. It needs road reclamation on any road they do, even though they have to do fewer miles per year. Best money for the taxpayers."

-- Washington County




"I wish my taxes would go toward more police, so that they can have some type of control on the roadways through Hagerstown. I just drove through Hagerstown -- which I very rarely do, because the traffic is usually terrible -- but heading east, and then coming home, heading west through town, nothing but speed contests. People racing from red light to red light."

-- Hagerstown




"We have more than our share of prisons in our area. Most of the inmates housed are from the Baltimore/Washington area, so build the rehab facility closer to those cities, and maybe when an inmate is released, he will not stay in the Hagerstown area, but go back to his home."

-- Hagerstown




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