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December 20, 2009

"To the person who called in and said about LeRoy Myers not being re-elected because he's going to cut state jobs and their cost-of-living raises: This is the other side of the coin. The rest of us don't have state jobs, and we're not getting cost-of-living raises and we're not getting diddly squat out here. So if we suffer, we think the rest of the state should be willing to do the same as us. So maybe we're for LeRoy Myers and his smart thinking."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about this health care bill. I've been trying to call (Harry) Reid's office, (Nancy) Pelosi's office, Barbara Mikulski and (Benjamin) Cardin. You can't get through. They won't answer the phone. Either the mailbox is full, or nobody'll answer the phone. It just keeps ringing. I don't know what's the matter with them people. ... They don't listen to nobody. They're gonna do what they want. Obama wants it done, they're gonna do it regardless of what it does to us."

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- Hagerstown




"This is for the caller from Hagerstown who left a comment that was in Tuesday's paper, stating that all state employees should get a pay cut. If you were knowledgeable and state-informed, then you would know that most state employees have already taken a 2-percent pay cut, and the rest have gotten furlough days, which amounts to a pay cut. We will also be getting another cut, next fiscal year."

- Williamsport




"To the West Virginia caller: There are Democrats against health care. Republicans offered new plans, cheaper for taxpayers. We can keep our freedom of choice. Most Americans don't want to be forced to buy something they don't want."

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"I think our county BOE needs to consider placing another adult on all of our county school buses. It seems like only if the children have special needs will they get an extra adult. ... We need another adult to supervise behavior, in addition to our bus drivers. We should not expect one adult bus driver to drive the bus, with 50 or so kids, and monitor behavior."

- Smithsburg




"Today, I'm ashamed to be an American. They took the public option out. They took the Medicare out of it. It's just gonna be a health care plan, not a reform. As one of the 47 million that have no insurance, I thank you. I thank the Congress, I thank the House and I thank President Obama for caving in. ... When 47 million Americans, including myself, are out of insurance, thank you very much."

- Falling Waters, W.Va.




"To all the people who keep complaining or keep bringing up the stories about the cats and dogs being hit: If they're pets, they stay inside. If you let them outside, they're going to roam and they're going to get hit by vehicles. That is just the way it's going to be. And to people in Garden Spot in Maugansville who keep complaining about the airplanes flying over: I'm sorry, you live one mile away from the airport. Airplanes fly over airports within one mile of it, all the time. You chose to live there."

- Hagerstown




"Where the heck is Meritus?"

- Hagerstown




"Dear Garden Spot resident: The Hagerstown airport was built in 1928. You live near an airport. Airports have planes; planes fly in the air. Get a grip. Why in the world would they stop flying just for you?"

- Hagerstown




"Hey, I read in the paper this morning where 44 people got on a bus and rode down to Washington for the protest against the health care, with red hats and red coats on. So I suggest on Christmas Day, they all get a bus and wear pink hats and pink coats, go down there and do the same thing. So maybe that'll help, but they're wasting their time because they're gonna pass the health care."

- Hagerstown




"This is on city council's budget for 2010, 2011, 2011 through 2012, so this is on budget cuts. It's about time for the city to make some cuts. I don't know when the county is gonna make some cuts. All I see in the paper on Wednesday is county spending more money, and the city is ... the state is making cuts, so Mr. Zimmerman, administrator of the City of Hagerstown, you need to make some cuts, too, without raising city property taxes or anything else."

- Hagerstown




"To the caller from Williamsport: Please be glad your Christmas lights were on all night. I agree there should be a timer set for them to go off at a certain time. I went by to see the lights at Hagerstown City Park, and they were already off at 9:00. That, to me, is too early."

- Hagerstown




"We all have people who we consider a friend, but I mean, true friends, I mean true friends, are hard to come by today. ... Can you rely on those people when the going gets rough, when you're feeling up or down? I don't think so. There's not too many true friends out there in the world today."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"I'm a DOC employee for 26 years now, and I'm only a step 16 on the pay scale ... I've been without a raise for 10 years. (Del. Andrew A.) Serafini stated we had the Cadillac of insurance. Perhaps The Herald-Mail could use the Public Information Act to see what state employees have, including our senators and delegates."

- Hagerstown




"I happen to agree with it's a shame that we can't say 'merry Christmas,' and how it's become 'happy holidays' or 'seasons greetings.' I'm in my mid-40s. I remember when we would celebrate the meaning of Christmas and Hanukkah. So we should go back to saying and allowing the 'merry Christmas.' ... Celebrate Christmas, and of course, Hanukkah."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling in reference to the Hagerstown caller speaking about government workers. Fact is, I've been working for the government for over 20 years, and still have another 25 years to go. I also have better insurance than most Americans, but still not as good as I had when I served overseas. And oh, yeah, by the way, most of us served in the military. Did you?"

- Hagerstown

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