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July 19, 2010

"I'm calling in to congratulate the 9-10 All-Star team from Clear Spring. ... I want to say how great a job they did, what a wonderful bunch of kids they have, and they have one of the best managers in the area. Without their manager and their motivation from him, they would not be quite as great a team. They have a wonderful bunch of kids, great group of kids to manage, and their manager Pete, he's one of the greatest people you ever want to know, and great for the kids. So congratulations."

- Hagerstown




"My call is in regard to merging on I-81. Do we have to pass a law for people to be polite? It used to be that people opened doors for ladies."

- Washington County




"To the person who called in about drug testing welfare recipients: That's a great idea. But let's not forget, they're not the only people receiving government money. Let's drug test the people getting unemployment as well, and those getting Social Security. That comes from the government, too. And what about all those big, huge tax breaks those big, huge corporations get? Let's make sure we're drug testing their CEOs and boards of directors. After all, what's good for the goose is good for the gander."

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- Waynesboro, Pa.




"I'm in complete agreement with the three persons complaining about the people coming off the exits onto the main interstate. They do need to yield most of the time, but as a courtesy, if you have a chance to move over, be nice and do it. That's all they're asking. There's no law that says you have to, no, but it's a common courtesy of the road. Nobody wants to be courteous anymore. And the same goes for the person coming off. It says 'yield', that's what it means, 'yield.'"

- Hancock




"To the caller who thinks the Black Rock Estates fire gives reason to outlaw personal fireworks: Are you serious? Does every barbecue grill that catches a deck or side of a house on fire demand the outlawing of all grills? Most of these are caused by owner negligence in using and/or maintaining them properly. ... Please stop constantly stealing my rights by using the unwise actions of a few to justify it."

- Jugtown




"Thank you to Mayor McCleaf, Mike Sparks, and the Town of Williamsport for a really terrific July 4 celebration. The community band was great, as usual, but we especially enjoyed the fresh, alternative music of May Weather. Thanks, guys."

- Williamsport




"Why change the Y? It used to be called the Young Men's Christian Association, and also there was a YMHA, Young Men's Hebrew Association. The purpose was to have a helpful, spiritual purpose for life. Yes, men and women were included. They don't discriminate. Change to remove a Christian connotation in the name of diversity is a slippery slope."

- Martinsburg, W.Va.




"Hagerstown caller, as a conservative, I'm no fan of John McCain and many of his policies, and he wasn't my first or even second choice for my party's 2008 presidential nomination, but to claim he never did anything in his life is ridiculous and insulting. Didn't your TV special make any mention of his distinguished military service, or the courage he showed as a POW? Or do you think voluntarily serving our country in the armed forces is nothing?"

- Frederick, Md.




"This is for the Mount Lena caller who was complaining about strays on their property and saying they - if they get in their traps it's just too bad. Well, hopefully you can call a rescue organization to come trap those poor animals, or if you trap them you'll take them to the Humane Society and not be cruel to them. It's my general experience that people who don't like animals just aren't very nice people. So hopefully you're not cruel to them."

- Clear Spring




"To all you people who say the Republicans voted against extending the unemployment: Maybe it is because they are smart enough to know that people are not going to take a job if they can get free handouts and have the summer off. I know an electrical engineer who is bagging groceries so he can teach his children you can do with less, and not expect the government to keep you."

- Williamsport




"First of all, unemployment is never a way of life. You are given unemployment because you worked and you paid in to the system. It is your responsibility to find a job. I was laid off for a year and a half and found one, but I had to make big shift adjustments and big pay adjustments. But there is work out there. You have to be willing to do it. Remember, any work is honorable. No. 2: the people who yield. I would yield and get over if they weren't speeding down the ramp at Mach 1."

- Hagerstown




"The call that blamed the GOP for stopping the extension of the unemployment, why don't you tell the truth and get the facts straight? They want the bill to be paid for, and not add billions to the deficit, and the hundreds of millions of pork barrel attachment to the bill must be stripped. The Dems want the GOP to look like they're against the extension. Chicago-style politics. Spend and spend."

- Hagerstown




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