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August 09, 2010

"I have something to say that might surprise some people. There were about 12 to 14 juvenile kids riding bicycles up the wrong way of South Potomac Street this afternoon. I was waiting for the library to open at that time, and it amazes me why people wonder why there are so many accidents involving kids with bikes happening around here. ... I think it's silly that the parents of these kids don't watch their kids as well as they should, letting their kids ride around on their bicycles, especially the wrong way up a street. Something to think about, folks."

- Hagerstown




"I never thought I would say this, but I think that public schools should consider uniforms. After seeing all the back-to-school ads, if parents don't set their feet down soon, it looks like all our kids are going to look like ragamuffin streetwalkers."

- Hagerstown




"Election time, Sen. Cardin is giving ... tax money to HCC ... which is borrowed money. Taxes going up for Washington County. It's election time. After election is over, they will pass cap and trade and your taxes will go way up, estimated $1,800 a year."

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- Hagerstown




"I would like to say it's time that our government keeps their nose out of the foreign countries' business, and tends to build the United States of America back to what it used to be. We don't have any business telling other countries what they can do. And what we need to do is protect our own, and bring our boys home. It's time they wake up."

- Hagerstown




"I just wanted to call and say I could not agree more with Joel Huffer's comments in the Sunday paper. This new wave of ego-saving, make-me-feel-good idealism only hurts the player in the end. Not all are given equal abilities, and that's hard to muster for player and parent, but it's the truth and it's real. Our society today wants everyone to be the same. What a sad message to send to our youth. A far cry from earning it the way we used to."

- Hancock




"Being away from Hagerstown for a few days with my son's all-star tournament, returning home and reading the headlines in the sports paper that said Federal Four at PONY, it's my understanding that there're 14 boys on the team, and not four. Also my understanding is that you had boys from Maugansville and West End, and there may have been other ones, but I was only aware of that. So we in Washington County, there are more than Federal players."

- Hagerstown North




"I was at a picnic the other day and we were discussing about the wages of the City of Hagerstown, and we're all taxpayers. We'd like to know if there is any way of getting that published, because when I worked there years and years ago they published everybody's wages, and I thought that was a great thing."

- Hagerstown




"This is concerning the mosque building. Building a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City would be like putting a Japanese religious praying hall next to the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor. What are we doing in this country? Yes, we do have freedom of religion, but that does not mean that we should be - have our religious beliefs persecuted."

- Samples Manor




"I live across from Salem Avenue school, and I'm wondering what the parents and the teachers are going to think when school starts up here. The school's in great condition since they've redone it, but the same old problem is there: People walking their dogs. There must be a dozen or more people that walk their dogs up there on that school property, and only one or two clean up. .. The decent thing would be to clean up after your dog. The dog doesn't know any better. The people are supposed to."

- Hagerstown




"In reading Sunday's paper, Herald-Mail, Aug. 1, I think a lot of Maryland drivers, and Pennsylvania and Virginia, could go back to reading their manual and learning how to drive. You know what I'm saying out there, people? Because none of them do like they're supposed to do - very few, I should say. Can't say none, because a lot of them are good drivers."

- Hancock




"Hey, Funkstown, didn't you hear? We no longer have trash pick-up two days a week. Our trash only gets picked up on Thursdays now. And now, our rates aren't going down - just our service. They will wait until next year to raise our trash rates, like everything else. Imagine that."

- Funkstown




"Department of school, you're starting the schools too early. How are all these parents going to get their money back that they paid out for prepaid vacations? I went to school and we started in September and we got out in May, and we still got our 180 days in. If you didn't take off so many ... days that you didn't need to take off, worthless days, you could get out. ... School's starting too early and the people have money spent, us included, and we can't get our vacation money back, so what are our kids supposed to do?"

- Clear Spring




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