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April 22, 2010

"I would like to know why, in the Little Leagues in the paper, the results, why some of the minor leagues don't put the results of the games in the paper. Is it just, is it the managers have to do that?" - Hagerstown




"I'm calling in reply to the Smithsburg caller who never heard of having a class reunion for 22 years. I graduated in 1952, and we have one every year." - Boonsboro




"To Mayor Bruchey and Washington County Historical Society board member Pat Schooley, in reference to the Almshouse property on North Locust Street: This is part of my community where I live. No. 1, no parking lot. No. 2, no business or residential properties to be used there. There's enough empty properties already on this street. No. 3, better use would be to develop it as a Civil War." - Hagerstown




"We, the class of 1948, Boonsboro High School, have had a reunion every five years, until our 50th. Now we have one every year. It is great. You should try it." - Boonsboro

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"I would only hope that the Republicans will give the president's nominee to the Supreme Court the same respect that the Democrats gave to a Republican president's nominee." - Shepherdstown, W.Va.




"People call or write in, talking about the left and the right. I'm confused about what they're talking about. I'm right-handed, I'm a Democrat. My brother's left-handed and he's a Republican." - Hagerstown




"Your editorial on Wednesday about Munson and Donoghue was dead-on correct." - Hagerstown




"Hagerstown, the obesity capitol of Maryland. I wonder how many of them are on public assistance. I see so many morbidly obese people at the grocery stores that pay with an Independence card. I'll bet it is disproportionately high compared to the general population. We get to pay for the food that they overeat, and then pay the medical care. Why do they call it an Independence card, anyway? It should say 'Dependent' card." - Hancock




"If Congress keeps operating the way that it is, before long, in order to be in comformity with what's really happening, Nancy Pelosi will call the House to order by slamming her gavel and saying 'Come on down and let's play Let's Make a Deal.'" - Smithsburg




"This is in response to the person calling about the Boonsboro caller. I raised my children very well. I am a 49-year-old mother, and I play my stereo very loud when the weather's nice and I can put the top down on my car. It's a feeling of freedom. You should experience sometime. Maybe you wouldn't be so uptight." - Boonsboro




"For the person who told the Boonsboro caller to grow up and get a life: You're right, kids nowadays are more than welcome to have their music and play it inside their cars - terrible to say - as loud as they want, but when you have emergency vehicles going by and they don't hear, that's a problem. But when that music, with their windows down, is allowing me to be listening to some good gospel music, not to be able to hear it, I have a problem with that." - Hagerstown




"This is on gun permits. I see in the newspaper on Saturday morning on page A11, Arizona to allow concealed weapons without permits. Well, good for Arizona, and Alaska and Vermont. At least these states are taking up for people's Second Amendment rights, and I tell you what, all states ought to be doing that. And I think the governor of Arizona is doing a good job when he does something like that. It's better than these crooked politicians in these other states that we have." - Hagerstown




"I understand that Harvey Hoch is very proud of his accomplishments as our recycling coordinator. I hope he's equally proud of his great accomplishments as an educator here in Hagerstown. I was fortunate enough to study under Mr. Hoch at E. Russell Hicks Middle School, and he really did a wonderful job of encouraging an interest in science in his students that has served us well for many years. Thanks, Mr. Hoch." - Hagerstown




"I remember watching Ben Roethlisberger when he played at (Miami University in Ohio). He was on the sidelines, he was kneeling, and on the bottom of his shoe it said 'Play for Jesus.' Ben, maybe it's time to get back, buddy. Get back to what made you happy." - Hagerstown




"Garden planning time is here, and I'm desperate. Several of the tomato varieties I tried last year claimed to be crack-resistant, but none truly were. So in case we have another rainy year, does anyone know, based on their own gardening experience, of a truly crack-resistant tomato variety? Beefsteak, cherry, Italian, red, pink, yellow, whatever - I don't care. I just want, like other tomato-loving gardeners, fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes from my own garden. Can anyone help?" - Frederick, Md.




"When I'm in my home with the doors and the windows closed, and the TV as loud as possible, and still can hear four-wheeler noise, something has to be done. Commissioners, do something." - Pondsville




"It's Saturday evening at 8 p.m., and they're using Mount Lena as a drag strip. Also, when they pick their children up at Greenbrier school, from 2:30 until 6:00, where are the police? They think Mount Lena is the drag strip." - Mount Lena




"You know, I like ... The Herald-Mail in the mornings when I drink my coffee, but the day that they have David Limbaugh and Krauthammer in the newspaper, those are the days that I read the paper less than the time I drink my coffee, because I don't listen to that bunch of garbage." - Hagerstown




"I'm calling to say I think Roethlisberger is a disgrace to quarterbacks like Terry Bradshaw. He shouldn't be playing football any more. He dishonored the profession." - Hagerstown




"The Maryland legislature, including both Democrats and Republicans, have been successful in keeping Maryland a cash cow for neighboring states' casinos and taxpayers. Are you going to vote to keep them in or vote them out?" - Hagerstown

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