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November 24, 2009

"I think the kid who helped the little boy who got off at the wrong bus stop deserves some recognition. There must have been a lot of people who saw this poor scared child during the hour that he spent wandering a mile and a half from his bus stop, yet a fourth-grade boy from Bester Elementary was the only one who did anything about it. First of all, he had enough compassion to ask the terrified child what was wrong, and secondly, he was smart enough to take him to a place where he knew he could find help. This is the stuff heroes are made of. Nice going, young man. We're proud to have good citizens like you in Hagerstown."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about the BOE building that new elementary school to bus all our children there, from all over the county. Should have built it in South County. Article in the paper should have been a prime example why the children shouldn't be bused. Kid got off on the wrong bus. Nobody knew. They didn't know where he was. We don't want our kids bused to Hagerstown."

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- Sharpsburg




"I think it's ridiculous that they had to use capital punishment and execute the sniper. That just shows that we need to turn our other cheek. You know, it's true he murdered a lot of people but we didn't have to murder him. He could have spent the rest of his life in jail. They need to do away with the death penalty altogether."

- Hagerstown




"I live off of Exit 77. I don't know who the ignorant person was that dropped the baby diaper full of you-know what, and the clothing - because they didn't change the baby often enough. ... Change your child more often than that and you wouldn't have to leave half his clothes behind when you're traveling."

- Hancock




"I think it's kind of crazy of the school board to redistrict these children, when they're taking them from one school, putting them in another, and from that school putting them back in the other one. I don't think they know what they're doing, and if the people go to these meetings and stuff that they have, they don't need to go, because the school board's already made up their mind and it's cut-and-dry."

- Hagerstown




"Waynesboro caller, the state of Maryland, not the federal government, requires drivers to carry liability insurance, to compensate and protect from financial harm other people, not ourselves, in case they're injured in accidents that's our fault, which is surely a reasonable requirement for the privilege of driving. There's no comparison to a law actually taking your freedom, imprisoning and not just fining you for refusing to buy government-mandated, no choice about what coverage you want, health insurance."

- Frederick, Md.




"Calling in about the person complaining that they don't get enough in line to put their money away. They need to remember that they want everybody to be considerate and give them time to put their money away, and they're the ones that are two or three people back, complaining because they have to wait in line because the person in front of them are doing the same thing. So they should have common courtesy."

- Clear Spring




"A Chambersburg caller recently asserted that Lou Dobbs 'is against all immigrants, legal or otherwise.' ... This was an unfortunate illustration of the typical call from a person who is at best, uneducated in his topic, or who, at worst, is practicing deceit to advance his agenda. Lou Dobbs happens to be married to a Mexican woman and enjoys two children from that union. Xenophobic? I think not. Advocate of legal immigration, from which we all descended, I think so."

- Hedgesville, W.Va.




"To the person who stole my grave marker, multi-colored light, from my yard: Cameras have you and the sheriff's department has you, and if you'll bring it back and put it back, or put it near where it was, there will be no questions asked."

- Rohrersville




"Obviously, these are not veterans calling in that want the old hospital to be used as a veterans hospital. If it wasn't good enough for the general public, what makes you think that the veterans want it? I for one don't. We have a very nice clinic off of Eastern Boulevard, and we have a very good hospital 25 miles away, if needed."

- Hagerstown




"Air fresheners, hair sprays, perfumes, cleaning sprays and solutions, more cases of lung cancer among nonsmokers and women. Plain common sense should tell you all these inhalants aren't good for you, even if you don't have allergies or asthma."

- Hagerstown




"To the caller from Hagerstown who doesn't think fumes should be banned from schools: Think twice, because if you had a child with asthma, you would think different. The child does not stink if they take a bath regularly, and some of the fumes stinks worse than the B.O. A little soap and water will take care of the stink."

- Hagerstown




"I have a suggestion for the mother who does not want her child to be around any smells like strong perfumes. May I suggest home-schooling, charter-schooling, or cyber-schooling?"

- Chambersburg, Pa.




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