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December 02, 2009

"Cursive writing is not obsolete or outdated. It is very important for an individual to have neat, legible writing for letters, forms and documents. What concerns me is that second-graders should be perfecting and learning to reduce the size of their printing. Cursive writing should continue to be a third-grade skill for an entire year, because the muscles which involve fine motor skills are better developed at that age."

- Smithsburg




"If the federal government succeeds in fining or imprisoning people for failing to have health insurance, how long will it be until Congress decides - in the public interest, of course - to apply the same rules to anyone not owning a late-model car?"

- Smithsburg




"I would like to comment on the lady who called in about the inmates getting their flu shots. My husband has a respiratory condition, and he hasn't been able to get his flu shot or his swine flu shot. So I guess you have to be a convict incarcerated to get health care."

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- Hagerstown




"I'm calling in response to the removal of the nativity scene in the square in Chambersburg, Pa. I am very upset about this. I believe if the organization that wanted to place their atheist marker there, they should have done it on Veterans Day, when it'd have been appropriate. And I find it odd that they chose to do it at around Christmastime when they knew the nativity scene would be there, and has been there for 20 years."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"You know, the holidays are here, and it's sad that people, like in Chambersburg, want to whine about a nativity scene being put up in a square ... nonbelievers and people don't want to say 'Merry Christmas' anymore because it had to do with Jesus. Well, I'm saying Merry Christmas to everybody, and all I can say is people need saved, because Jesus is real, and people need to get right."

- Martinsburg, W.Va.




"I just want to say if somebody doesn't believe in something, I don't see why it should bother you. You atheists don't believe in God, and I don't know why that bothers you. I don't particularly believe in the Muslim religion, but I respect the religion. I respect the Jews' religion, the Buddhists, and every other religion, because that's their God-given right to believe as you want to believe. I don't know what's wrong with you people. Especially around Christmastime, we love Christmas scenes."

- Washington County




"To the caller in Wednesday's paper, regarding teaching cursive in Washington County public schools: I'm the one that suggested that that's something that should be taught. It may be old-fashioned, but don't you believe that every child should be taught cursive? After all, one day they're gonna need to be signing legal documents, and I think they're gonna need to write their name in cursive."

- Hagerstown




"I'm curious - I was wondering if anybody could tell us why some of the house roofs are turning so black and ugly, but basically on just one side. The community that we live in, it's all on the north side, so it wouldn't be from the hot afternoon sun, you know, that you get in the summertime on the south side. So we're just curious. We wonder if somebody can let us know."

- Hagerstown




"I'm sorry to see the Smithsburg woman dropped her lawsuit about the Eastern Primary School. I think she was doing the right thing to begin with. Her reasons were correct, but I'm glad she did drop it, because it would have cost the taxpayers a bundle of money, which she realized, which makes her a good person. And she probably realized that she cannot defeat the BOE and the developers in this. I congratulate her on trying to fight the system, though."

- Hagerstown




"I'd like to know why the balloon test of Miller Avenue was done on a weekday and not on the weekend. Most of us in the area work, and couldn't take off to see what was going on. I guess the County Commissioners and the big corporations are up to their old tricks again."

- Pleasant Valley




"Here it is day before Thanksgiving, people's rushing around buying stuff to have a big Thanksgiving dinner and watch football and all this good stuff, not celebrating what the season is, what the time is really for, that you live in America, a free country right now. And then after Thanksgiving they'll be rushing out to buy stuff, toys and stuff for the kids. And a half-hour after the kids get it, they aren't gonna want it."

- Hancock




"People's worried about the Christmas lights being on already, when it was warm weather out this time, lucky this time of the year, people went on and put up their lights where it wasn't so cold to do it, and if the people think they can afford the lights on, that's nobody's business, as long as they're paying their bills. And I think the lights are beautiful. ... Merry Christmas to all."

- Hagerstown




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