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November 03, 2009

"Frederick has a terrific idea in charging inmates $10 a day. Maybe they would change the location where they choose to commit their crimes if they knew they were gonna be charged $10 a day for room and board."

- Hagerstown




"Question: If Pelosi, Reid and Obama were in a boat and it started to sink, who would be saved? Answer: America."

- Hagerstown




"This is for the person that wrote in for the Washington County Football League. If your child's the one getting the minimum playing time, it's time to look up maybe the chess club."

- Hagerstown




"Finally, that's all I can say, finally. I drive Sharpsburg Pike every day at various times, as I work swing shift. I do just under or at the speed limit, as I see deer every day and I've already hit two. Lately I'm driving the pike at 4:30 a.m. and several cars pass me at what I think is high speed. Well, the other morning the police got one who had just flown by me. I was glad to see it. I know it's a big county, but I wish they could patrol there more often. Thanks, police."

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- Keedysville




"This is regarding the Washington County caller with the niece that was stupid enough to abandon her cat. It absolutely breaks my heart when I see stories like that. I hope your niece can live with herself, and that insensitive decision she made. Kudos to your sister, who went to try to get the cat. And I say someone should have taken care of those teenage boys who tortured the poor animal."

- Mercersburg, Pa.




"I just read this article on the Family page in today's paper, the 30th of October, about Herb Flemming. I just want to say congratulations. It was a great story. And yes, God does answer prayers."

- Hagerstown




"Most law-abiding citizens take responsibility for their own food, shelter, and medical care, and get taxed on owned property and pay sales tax. I question if inmates pay for room, board, and medical care. Those over the age of 62 draw Social Security while incarcerated. Frederick County, Md., Sheriff Chuck Jenkins has proposed those convicted of a crime against society pay for food and board plus their education. Washington County Commissioners should provide Washington county taxpayers the same benefit. This process should extend to the state level as well. It is understood that all convicts would not have the funds to pay, but many would. This just might be a deterrent to an inmate choosing to return. If there is a downside to this, please pass it along."

- Washington County




"My husband was complaining about the gas prices, too, and I told him that the government was waiting for the official 'no COLA' before it went up. COLA's based on energy prices, which is why it was greater than normal last year. Must be nice to have all that control and power, wherever it's coming from."

- Williamsport




"I agree with Sen. Mikulski. They should not be allowed to have cell phones in prison. I never heard of such a thing. It's ridiculous. They can warn everybody that's gonna be coming to bring them something illegal, by calling them. This should be stopped. And I agree with the sheriff in Frederick that they should pay for their keep."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling just to say that it's OK not to work as long you can afford to do so. If you don't work, then you shouldn't be asking for free food and free housing."

- Hagerstown




"I was just reading here where Clinton got really blunt with the Pakistani government. I think if some of these ambassadors that we have running around over this country would put it more bluntly to these people what we need and what we want done, maybe this country wouldn't be in the shape it's in around this world. Good for Clinton. Amen."

- Falling Waters, W.Va.




"I live on Dam Four Road in Downsville. Today is Friday, Oct. 30, and I just have to comment to the caller from Clear Spring about the dog that was shot, saying that 'come on, people, be responsible for yourselves and your pets,' blah, blah, blah. That dog was doing its job, protecting its home. Here's somebody coming into this dog's home that the dog doesn't know and the dog was doing its job. The officer shot it. That was wrong."

- Downsville




"In answer to the Clear Spring caller who said her son said we were doing the opposite of how our government was set up: You need to get a life. America voted for socialism because of the greed, and the greedy companies in this country. So that's exactly why we're doing opposite of how our country was set up. We're just fed up with greed."

- Shepherdstown, W.Va.




"I'm calling to thank Tim Rowland for his Thursday column. He's spot-on about this. I'm 60 years old, I read a couple of papers a day. The people who read The Herald-Mail don't care about hip-hop or Facebook or Miley Cyrus. The nice thing about this paper is that it has a little bit of exclusivity. We get to know what's going on in the regional area ... spend some time thinking about what Tim has said, and stick with the format you've got. Good job, man."

- Falling Waters, W.Va.




"To the person who said their 14-year-old son told him Obama is not doing what made this country great and he read it in a book on government. I suspect the boy was listening to the Fox network and not reading it in a book; sounds like their experts. Many presidents in a row now have not done what made this country great, and because of that I don't think this country is so great anymore. No, I don't want to leave, as it is still my country and my choice over any other."

- Waynesboro, Pa.

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