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September 29, 2010

"Shame, shame, shame on Washington County Democrats. No candidate for state Senate, and only one candidate for county commissioner. No reason to vote is the final result."

- Hagerstown Democrat voter




"I'm calling in about the county tournament championship that was played Saturday night at North High. In the paper, there's a big article in there with a picture of North High beating Clear Spring Blazers ... a one-paragraph thing about Boonsboro High School varsity girls upsetting North High Hubs, after North held it for six years straight. I think this is unfair to the girls that played in the game. ... I wish you would put something in the paper about that victory."

- Boonsboro




"Here we go again, where the state said apply for tax credit. I called, I live in a house that's 120 years old. Value dropped about 50 percent. I pay $1,800 a year in taxes. I make $44,000 a year. They tax you on your income, not on the property value. Get rid of the government officials, the governor of Maryland."

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- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about the railroad crossings. I think CSX did an excellent job repairing the ones in through town. What about the one on Virginia Avenue at Bower Avenue? If you do the speed limit going south on Route 11, you could catch some air going across those tracks. And if anyone knows the phone number to call CSX, and that track number, I will gladly call them and complain to them. And also I'd like to complain to them about the engineer blowing the whistle too long."

- Hagerstown




"I think I have to agree with a lot of the callers calling in saying the teachers are going to have to suffer right along with the rest of us. A lot of us don't have jobs, a lot of us are losing insurance, a lot of us are finding increases in our insurance premiums. So the teachers are going to have to suck it up and go along with the flow, and just suffer with the rest of us until this recession is over with. Also, I think everyone needs to save, save, save. Save, even if it means you can't buy the latest phone or gadget. Save your money. That's what's important for the future."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling in reference to our governor. I'm a Democrat, but I will be voting for Ehrlich for governor. I can't give O'Malley another four years. Looking back, my pocketbook had a lot more money in it, and our state was a lot better off when Ehrlich was governor, and we can't - we've got to look forward and not backward. Vote for the best person, and not just because you're a Democrat or a Republican. Let's put the best people in."

- Hagerstown




"Yesterday's paper, Tim Rowland may think Munson's views on immigration were a minor chink in his conservative armor. How wrong Tim is. Obviously, the voters think otherwise - not just Washington County, but all over the country."

- Clear Spring




"I hope that all the Republicans in Washington County will read Tim Rowland's article of Sunday, Sept. 19. He spoke the truth. I hear a Democrat may run against Shank. If he does, I will vote for him."

- Hagerstown




"Rowland's opinion on the Shank/Munson Senate race was laughable. Shank didn't avoid issues. He wanted a debate. At the meeting of the 'Meet the candidates' event, he actually answered the questions about the issues, while Munson continued to say, in so many words, 'You people owe me.' Munson was not conservative. He said it all when he said maybe he'd run as a Democrat. Metzner said the Dems were comfortable with Munson, so comfortable they didn't run against him. Shank is just the right man for times such as these."

- Hagerstown




"I was and am a supporter of Sen. Don Munson. Only 25 percent of registered voters went to the polls in September. They thought Sen. Munson was a shoo-in. I want Sen. Munson to be a write-in candidate in November, and perhaps some of those 75 percent non-voters, Republican and Democrat, will have incentive to vote for him."

- Williamsport




"I'd like to take a minute and thank Sen. Don Munson for all he's done over the years, for children and children's issues. In his own special way, he quietly worked behind the scenes, and many, many, many children in Washington County received the help they deserve. And I'm just very thankful, Senator. I worked with you in a couple cases, and you were always there for us. You were always there for the children in Washington County."

- Williamsport




"In regard to Tim Rowland's column in Sunday's paper: Sour grapes. And he arrogantly thinks he is so much smarter than the electorate."

- Boonsboro




"The recent rants by Tim Rowland denigrating the election of Chris Shank has a distinct sour grapes tone that should not appear to be the official opinion of the newspaper. With 57 percent of the primary vote going to Shank, the columnist is cutting across the grain of its readers. If newspapers wish to continue to be a source that appeals to a majority, they need to do better."

- Hagerstown




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