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July 21, 2010

"This is about the emergency room thing in Waynesboro. In Thursday's paper, a person has something about these people might have just been people passing through or on vacation, or they haven't been in the U.S. that long, about speaking English, and if we go to Mexico, do we learn to speak Spanish? The piece down in the bottom, that is why Arizona law is causing problems. It promotes racial profiling. No, it doesn't. It's the Mexicans or anybody else in the U.S. illegal that don't have papers that's been in the U.S."

- Hagerstown




"Rush Limbaugh tells the truth? Then I've got some oceanfront property in Nebraska to sell. Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. He is not telling the truth, he is selling a product. He is not a journalist in the sense of Edward R. Murrow."

- Hagerstown




"I'm responding to the call in Thursday morning's paper where the lady said about the free lunches, and her mother packed the lunch every day. Down there where she has 'The new generation is spoiled and depends on government,' that should be 'It depends on the taxpayers.'"

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- Hagerstown




"I just want people to know in Washington County, all these Republicans that's in Washington County ... but I want people in Maryland to know, this area, that Roscoe Bartlett voted against the people laid off, the extension of their laid off money to help them to get by. He voted against it. In fact, I don't know of anything that he voted to help the poor people. So he did vote against unemployment for help for these people laid off."

- Hagerstown




"Saw this on the back of a car: 'Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? No one now, thanks to BP.' Thought it was kind of representative of what's happening down in the Gulf."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling in regards to the lady whose husband is 61 and on unemployment. My husband is almost 64 and on unemployment, too. We contacted our mortgage company, and they are willing to modify our mortgage so we don't lose our home. We also have medical assistance cards and a food bank card. So don't lose hope. There is definitely help out there."

- Hagerstown




"I just wanted to mention that the stop signs that go by the Petco and Target, etc., should be changed to pedestrian crossing signs, not stop signs. At the very most, those signs usually get a rolling stop, and sometimes not even that. Pedestrian crossing signs would be much better and are very appropriate there. They aren't even situated in the right positions, mostly."

- Hagerstown




"I'm responding to a caller from Hagerstown who said that people depend on their state and government assistance like WIC and food stamps and such, and they're passing this off onto their children. Now, me, me personally, I do get WIC and I get food stamps, and I am not ashamed of that. At first I was, because it was a good kick in the pride, but I am a single mother, and I have two jobs and I'm struggling to make it on my own, and my point is is that if there is help out there, I know I'm not going to get it forever, but to make it work for now, it works."

- Hagerstown




"I want to thank the kind person who assisted me and my daughter while we were at the courthouse on June 28. It is nice to know that there are still nice people in this world who are so willing to help others. Your kindness is greatly appreciated and won't be forgotten. Hopefully someone will be so kind to help you when you need it."

- Knoxville




"For the person who thinks he is getting the truth from Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck: You are confusing entertainment with reality. Try reading a few real newspapers and news magazines. Unlike bloggers and TV shows, the press requires their reporters to have a reasonable level of proof for their stories."

- Washington County




"Christian, Arizona law isn't wrong. It applies to someone who has been stopped for a crime to show their papers. Police stop people for a taillight out and ask for registration and license. Bible speaks of obeying laws, and God doesn't expect people to let illegals sneak across to Arizona, kill cattle, innocent guards. ... We have been 'Christian' long enough. ... Bible says a man's home is his castle. Protect it, like Gov. Brewer is."

- Hagerstown




"Sen. Byrd. ...The Senator was an embarrassment for the state. Friends and relatives from around the U.S. thought he was a bad joke. ... His racist beginnings cannot be ignored and certainly cannot be defended. Further, his actions, including all of the pork, now has West Virginia digging out of last or near last place ranking in anything worth measuring. I have been very embarrassed for those folks from the area who have written letters or editorials singing his praises. Again, enough."

- Shepherdstown, W.Va.




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