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April 28, 2010

"I just wanted to say that I, too, am in my 60s, and I agree with young Devon Jacobs and the 63-year-old who wrote in to say or called in to say that 'Catcher in the Rye' stunk. So much a downer, and the terrible language. I never got the point of reading the story. In fact, I don't know why anybody ever wrote the story. And I feel the same way about all the stuff that William Styron and Saul Bellows put out. What was the point? Life is what you make out of it."

- Hagerstown




"I would just like to thank the Hagerstown City Police for doing such a great job. I live in the Kasinoff Avenue area in the North End, and I had some disturbance at my house a few days ago. I asked if they would look - and look around my house and check on it while I was gone. I do appreciate it very much, and it's good to know that you guys are out there, and you don't get enough credit. Again, thank you."

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- Hagerstown




"Well, Boonsboro. ... My wife is still laughing about your categorizing my response as a Limbaugh-esque argument from the contemporary right, considering I'm a crusty old Democrat. ... You say I made your point. Well, you completely missed mine. I feel that we need to hold not only the Bush administration responsible, but as Democrats, also our party members who went along with the charade. ... I voted for 'hope and change.' Well, the 'hope' is gone. But we did change stupid Republican policies for stupid Democratic policies."

- Warfordsburg, Pa.




"I was at a ... Little League game Thursday night. I can't believe the way the home team acted toward the pitcher during the first two innings; screaming and yelling at him, trying to intimidate him. The coaches should learn not to let this happen, and don't let kids act like that, to intimidate a player on one team. It is not right. I just don't understand how that can happen. They should let those children learn how to act like gentlemen and let the players play the game the right way."

- Boonsboro




"Let's look at the situation now. The old adage that the Democrats were for the working man, Republicans for the big business, big banks. Look who the Republicans are fighting for: Big business, big banks. They're not fighting for the regular Joe on the streets, the man that has to work for a living. They're fighting for their elite."

- Hagerstown




"I'd like to complete the wording, when I called in about the Almshouse property on North Locust Street: No. 3, it would be better used if it were developed as a Civil War museum."

- Hagerstown




"I am a resident of Hancock, Md., for 60 years now, and every time you turn around someone comes up with an idea to mess up the streets, like the Soap Box Derby, which everyone thinks is great. Me, for one, along with other people in Hancock, think it was a waste of time and just tied up the streets in Hancock. Let's be a little more positive with what we do in Hancock."

- Hancock




"I graduated from Hagerstown High School on Potomac Avenue in 1943. Some time ago, classmates decided to have a mini-reunion every year, except our biggie every five years (the big 70th). We're celebrating our 67th, Sept. 25 this year. Our classmates like it."

- Williamsport




"Thanks to The Herald-Mail for its very fine editorial on April 21, concerning Sen. Donald Munson and Del. John Donoghue. Proof positive that bipartisanship can succeed, and that the shrill, negative grandstanding of Chris Shank is more for publicity than the concerns of Washington Countians."

- Washington County




"This is in response to Mr. Leonard Pitts' column slamming Tea Party members. I'm glad to see you're following the far-left leadership's mantra of trying to paint Tea Party members as rich, white, racist slobs. No, Mr. Pitts, if Condoleezza Rice or Michael Steele or any other sensible black politician were running this country, you wouldn't see masses of upset citizens marching on Washington."

- Big Cove Tannery, Pa.




"If anyone remembers what year the South Potomac Street diner was torn down, and the exact address of its location at that time, please let me know."

- Hagerstown




"I do believe Mail Call is for everybody, Tri-State area, so this is just a few comments I have. Everybody says that the economy's improving, but Friday's paper says we're getting another 174 laid off. Even though a store opened up in Hagerstown and hired 60, well, you still got a few more. ... West Virginia arson person - before someone gets killed, they need to put cameras up or do something. This is getting ridiculous over there. I hope they catch him, or her, whoever it is."

- Hancock




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