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What Do You Think?

October 10, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Wednesday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Should the Washington County Board of Education move ahead with plans to build Eastern Primary School despite objections by a number of parents?

Results: Yes, 207 votes (39.3 percent); No, 320 votes (60.7 percent)

o "First off, the parents can object all they want, the school board will do whatever it wants regardless of what the parents think is best for their children. Elected or appointed, it has never mattered."

o "What do you mean, build a new school? There is no money, brother. It is all gone. Every last dime has been pledged to China and our other creditors. Get over the idea that there are separate pools of cash that we can spend; one by the federal government, another by the state, and still another for the board of education. There is only a single source, and that is the taxpayer who has allowed our debt to wholly kill any chance of development in the entire country."

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o "You can't make everybody happy ... ever. The BOE members are making the best decision with the information that is available for the children of our community. The bottom line: The schools are overcrowded. About 12 parents were at the BOE meeting on Tuesday. I was there for another issue. They had many more signs than they had "concerned voices." Tired of people throwing stones when they don't have all the facts."

o "Why on Earth would the school board do anything that actually made sense? Putting the school in the southern part of Washington County, to re-district Boonsboro, Williamsport and Smithsburg, and then moving students in the more centrally-located schools within the more central school districts makes more sense."

o "I voted yes because Americans ... still believe that voting changes things. They vote the school board in and, just like in Washington, they don't give a flying flip what we the people want."

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