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November 27, 2009

"Santa Claus should have been the first one to get the swine flu shot. If Santa gets the flu, we're gonna have to cancel Christmas."

- Hancock




"Regarding the County Commissioners giving money to Hagerstown for a parking deck, this is just a reminder that the city residents pay county taxes, so it's not only your tax dollars being spent. Secondly, to the caller whose elderly neighbor is being mistreated: ... Did you call Social Services? They have a special unit for adult services. If you will call, it will be investigated. Don't blame Social Services for not doing the job if you aren't willing to get involved. Reports are anonymous."

- Hagerstown




"As a retired correctional officer with over 25 years of service, I have a small bit of advice for new hires, for people planning on being a correctional officer. Get your own hearing test done. The reason I'm saying this, lots of people are having problems with their hearing, and like I said, I have over 25 years experience, I know what I'm talking about. The housing areas are extremely noisy at times, and the decibel level is probably off the chart. They don't even check on it anymore. So make sure you have a good hearing test."

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- Hagerstown




"There's something missing from the health care debate. It's called nonprofit health insurance, like many other countries do. Nothing is free. We should all pay what we can. And if you truly can't pay, let the wealthy pay more for the poor."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling in about all these people on welfare and how they gripe and complain, get free food, free housing. We need to put these people to work, at least sweeping streets, or they can be janitors in the hospitals and nursing homes. We really need to get these people to work. And they wouldn't really be working for free, because they're receiving free housing, free insurance. I've worked for 36 years and don't even have insurance, and I'm still working. We need to get them back to work, even if they have to work for free."

- Hagerstown




"Hagerstown caller, nobody ever said prisoners aren't 'people' - whatever you mean by that. The real question is when, thanks to another federal government debacle, there's only very limited supply of the vaccine available, these convicted criminals should be vaccinated instead of - note, instead of - law-abiding citizens, including children, seniors, pregnant women and others also in the high-risk categories."

- Frederick, Md.




"Recently I saw an Indiana license plate which said 'In God We Trust." It was pressed into the plate and painted red. Way to go, Indiana."

- Hagerstown




"I called in last week and stated that I saw a bumper sticker that I liked. It was printed today just the opposite the way I had called it in. The bumper sticker did say 'Love my country, fear my government,' not the way it was printed in today's paper."

- Clear Spring




"This is in response to Sunday's article on Maj. Gen. Russell Hartle. The article says he was born in 1889 and graduated from Hagerstown High School. This school didn't come into existence until 1926. Therefore, I wonder what school he did graduate from."

- Hagerstown




"Well, it's 4:35, and traffic on the first block of South Potomac Street is one lane, because of the people picking up their students at the school of the arts. You are blocking traffic. You can't double-park. Go around to the back of the building. You're causing traffic problems at 4:30."

- Hagerstown




"To the person whose black-and-brown German shepherd that was chasing cars on the Greencastle Pike, Monday the 23rd: Your dog came dangerously close to getting hit. Whether he ran off or you let him out to go to the bathroom, next time may I suggest you accompany him at all times. I wouldn't have forgiven myself if I hit your dog. Eleven years ago, my precious dog got hit by a neighbor, because I let him out. Trust me, we always go out with our dogs now."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"For the person who made the comments about GM having their good quarter, and it's all because of the president's clunkers: Has anybody really thought through how stupid that is? You and I paid out of our taxes so that people could get money to be able to buy another car - which basically was another handout, which means you and I paid for it. Boy, that is really good economics."

- Hagerstown




"I attended the Hollyfest at The Maryland Theatre on Nov. 23, and I must say that I was appalled at the obscene ill manners of the audience. The audience did not stop talking at full volume during performances and introductions, and people filed in and out the entire time, chatting to teammates and family members. These children have worked very hard on their talents, and had an opportunity to show the community their accomplishments. We need to encourage and respect them. They deserve that."

- Hagerstown

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