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October 09, 2009

"I'm calling about the duck at City Park with a broken wing. This past Sunday, I saw the duck. It seems it was hit by a car, and his wing is pretty mangled. I hope this call will bring attention to someone to save him, because he can't fly south for the winter and he'll probably freeze. Has anyone else seen this poor bird?"

-- Mont Alto, Pa.




"'I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.' -- Thomas Jefferson."

-- Hagerstown




"I'm a 10-year-old girl. This past weekend I went to City Park with my sister and father to see the ducks. My heart broke when I saw a poor mallard duck with a broken wing. It looks like it will be impossible for him to fly south for the winter, and I am scared he won't make it with the others. Can someone that has the means rescue this duck so he can live his life without pain or being a target for predators, please?"

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-- Boonsboro




"I like the way they put the cancer survivors' names in the paper this year. It was very easy reading, and then in alphabetical order."

-- Hagerstown




"I think I can just go over here onto Eastern Boulevard on Saturdays and take care of my test and tuning, and then be ready for the drag strip on Sunday. The traffic is just outrageous. People just act like it's the Indianapolis 500, or worse. I didn't see one policeman, either. I'm not criticizing the cops -- it's just we need more police."

-- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about insurance we're paying now. I'm retired, 70 years old. Me and my wife, we pay $2,400 a year to side insurance, we pay $2,280 to Social Security. Comes to a total of $4,680 a year. So I don't see how they expect old people who are retired to keep giving away their Social Security checks."

-- Hagerstown




"I just read the article that Leonard Pitts wrote, 'Why do I mistrust Fox?' Why wouldn't he mistrust Fox? Duh."

-- Smithsburg




"Question for the person in your paper on Monday, Oct. 5. What exactly is a watering hole? Thought that's where buffalo ranged."

-- Boonsboro




"Parenting tips: I didn't say you were bad parents. Yes, kids will be kids; talking, and not sitting still. I'm referring to the children that are uncontrollable, throwing fits and having total meltdown in public places. Needing some parenting tips doesn't mean you're a bad parent -- just some tips on controlling your children."

-- Washington County




"On a recent drive east of town, I noticed some residents have four and five untagged vehicles sitting on their property. Doesn't the zoning commission do their little trips to cite people for having these, or is it just a 'when they feel like it' kind of thing? We need to have something done about that. Or is it just certain people that can get by with that, because they know the county commissioners?"

-- Chewsville




"I disagree with the comment made by the person about there's many jobs out there, and they ought to try fast food. There are people who are struggling to make ends meet, and working in a fast food job cannot even hardly pay your bills, especially if you're a single person. And I do know some people who are trying to find work, and they have experience and are hard, dedicated people."

-- Hagerstown




"This is in response to the woman looking for a humane way to get rid of mice. PETA has a nice, really effective no-kill mouse trap. I've used it and it works. I ordered mine online."

-- Williamsport




"These politicians either has a bad case of amnesia, because they say one thing and three years later they say something different, or they really don't care what they say, because they think that we can't make it without them."

-- Boonsboro




"I'm calling about the note in the paper about the mice. I heard this, and I do it. I put peppermint oil -- it has to be peppermint oil -- on cotton balls, and put it all over your house where you know there's mice have been. And keep applying it. It's a little expensive. You can buy it at the candymaking stores and maybe some drug stores."

-- Falling Waters, W.Va.




"Reading in the paper, Pennsylvania police urge parents to protect youth from sexting. Protect them from what? Just take the cell phones away from them. It's easy. I know it's hard for you all, you parents all to believe this, but up until 1985 or maybe 1990, kids didn't have cell phones. ... It'd break their little hearts, but they'll get over it."

-- Martinsburg, W.Va.




"Job seekers, listen up. There's been an article in the paper about all this new contract for Sierra Nevada at the Hagerstown airport, and it's gonna bring more, more, more good jobs, but they need to expand with hangar space and offices, and the county commissioners are just bumbling around. ... Shake up the commissioners, tell them to get the hangars and the office spaces done."

-- Hagerstown




"The people that complain about Mikulski might as well save your breath. Sen. Mikulski will keep getting elected by the people of Maryland until she's in the same state as Sen. Byrd is, and Sen. Byrd could be in a coma and the people of West Virginia would still vote him in, as well as Rockefeller. So people in Maryland and West Virginia deserve what they get."

-- Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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