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August 28, 2010

"I'd like to make a comment of the money that's being spent in these bad economic times at the County Commuter offices; their lot, their fencing. It's quite expensive looking, and then this transfer point. My question is, who is paying for this? Are the taxpayers paying for it - but then, who else?"

- Hagerstown




"I would like to thank President Obama for ending and winning the war in Iraq and bringing our troops home. Now, it's on to Afghanistan, and as soon as he's done there, he'll finish cleaning up all the mess that Bush made."

- Falling Waters, W.Va.




"I'd just like someone to give me an answer to this question. Why are so many of the American people more concerned about the people overseas - Haiti, Pakistan, anywhere else they have problems, people starving - when we got people in the U.S. that's starving right now? You got children in the Appalachian mountains and elderly people in the Appalachian mountains that don't have a roof over their head, the roof's leaking, no food, no heat, no electricity. When does charity begin at home?"

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- Hancock




"The whimsical, idyllic photo of the man in the kayak is priceless. What a delightful way to start a day, seeing that image above the fold first thing in the morning. Kevin Gilbert is a true artist."

- Hedgesville, W.Va.




"Whether you are getting adequate compensation for the job you do isn't the question. When your job is concerning public safety and you're supposed to make sure a prisoner does not escape, then you have to do your job, whether you're getting paid the right amount or not. There's no way that prisoner should have been allowed out of that prison. People were not doing their jobs. And maybe it starts at the top, and maybe the paper should investigate this. The paper seems to want to bury this, but trust me, the community ... people are asking where was the warden."

- Hagerstown




"Where have all the jobs gone? All the businessmen, the wealthy politicians - both Democrats and Republicans, but especially the Republicans because they are the party of big business - have shipped them overseas. They have sold out our country for their own personal gain."

- Hagerstown




"I think there should be a law and a fine for these people that wear their pants way down, showing their behind and their dirty underwear. Wonder if they know where that started at. It started in jail, as an invitation to another man. Get smart, people."

- Hagerstown




"To the caller with the bat in the basement: ... The thing about bats is they're nocturnal and like to sleep in a convenient, inviting, cool, dark place like a basement during the day, and go out to hunt at sundown and return at dawn. If you open the doors and windows just before it starts to get dark, the bat may leave, and if you close them, say around midnight, it won't be able to get back in at dawn. ... Good luck."

- Frederick, Md.




"While we're addressing the handicapped-parking situation, I'd like to say that I'd like very much to see it enforced. Check those cars out and make sure they have the placards, and make sure that that placard belongs to that person. I know a waiter ... at a restaurant near the mall, parks his truck right next to the door in the handicapped space. ... I can't imagine a waiter not being able to walk. Can you?"

- Maugansville




"I am so fed up with Congress and this Roger Clemens deal with the steroids. It's sports. My question's this. Congress wants to get involved in investigating sports, investigate why some of these basketball players and football players get involved with guns and shootings and murders and continue to be allowed to play. That's much more important than taking some drugs. I mean, come on, you're wasting the taxpayers' money. Stay out of sports."

- Hagerstown




"I'd like to address the person that killed my cat on Aug. 4, 2010. It was a very hot morning, and how could you just drive by and leave an animal laying in the road? She was a beloved pet to me for 14 years, and she got out. I was a very, very, very good pet owner. She got out of my house, and she did not run on the highways, and the road runs on Maryland Avenue. You left her lie there, and I just want to let you know that it broke my heart to lose my beloved pet."

- Hagerstown




"I hope the readers of The Herald-Mail won't be confused about Tim Rowland's disclaimer that he is an unaffiliated voter. If you watch some of his Rowland's Rants on TV or read some of his articles in The Herald-Mail, you will know his political persuasion: Somewhat to the left of Nancy Pelosi."

- Hagerstown




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