April 29, 2012
“My child plays Little League baseball at one of the parks in Hagerstown. I'm calling in hopes some of the adult spectators will read this. Even though smoking is allowed at the park, which I don't think it should be, I ask that you at least use common sense and refrain from smoking during games. It's setting a bad example for the kids, and also bothering the nonsmoking spectators.” - Hagerstown “I just wonder what happened to the lilac blossoms this spring. Some bushes don't have any, others have one or two; very scattered.
December 17, 2012
Michael's messages on tax reform seem mixed To the editor: In his column in The Herald-Mail, George Michael used more than 700 words in analyzing the Republicans' loss of the 2012 presidential election, while Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal summarized it in one short sentence, saying that Republicans need to quit being the stupid party. More moderate Republicans are beginning to grasp the meaning of Jindal's statement, but Michael seems to be missing the point.
November 30, 1999
Tri-State-area lawmakers on Wednesday praised former President Gerald R. Ford and said they were saddened by his death. American and state flags flew at half-staff at state and federal facilities and at many private companies in memory of the 38th president. "Gerald Ford was the kind of leader America needed in the wake of the Watergate scandal ... he stood firmly for the principle that truth is at the core of democracy and responsible government," Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.
March 30, 1997
By JENNYLYNN BROWN Staff Writer BOONSBORO - It's dark. It's cold. You have no food or water. Nobody knows where you are. You don't know where you are. You have just stepped into the cave explorer's nightmare. Art Hanson, a member of the Tristate Grotto - a branch of the National Speleological Society - said that cave explorers can prevent that situation from arising by taking basic precautions. "Before you go into a cave, let someone know where you are going and when you will return," said Hanson, who lives in Boonsboro.
October 29, 2005
This writer has never taken a course in marine biology and plumbing to her is a mystery best left to experts. She does know that she likes seafood and she likes it clean, abundant and affordable. She knows that some of the best come - or should be coming - from the Chesapeake Bay. Today's bay crabs are priced like solid gold. Moreover, it's sad to see so many oystermen on the Eastern Shore dropping into poverty because their harvest levels have been poor. Seafood people with long history of livelihood (and taxpaying)
January 16, 2001
Letters to the Editor 1/17 Worms aren't always for early birds To the editor: I would like to steal a line from Kathleen Parker and reiterate "We seem to have reached a point where common sense can't be applied and draconian responses are the norm rather than the exception. " When I read the article about the elementary principal who wants a no-tolerance policy on children getting to school late or leaving early, it made me glad I live in Frederick County, Maryland where office administrators have an adequate system to keep up with comings (late arrivals)
July 14, 2002
The Herald-Mail, like most newspapers in Maryland, will endorse candidates for state and county elective offices this fall. This is viewed by many newspaper editors as equal parts duty and public service. And it is something that we don't take lightly. We have been accused of being too liberal and too conservative. To be fair, I hear the former complaint more than the latter. We have also been accused of favoring Democrats, and favoring Republicans. On that score, we have been equally kicked around over the years.
July 6, 2010
"Can anybody out there explain how your house assessment drops $30,000 but your tax bill goes up $25? Man, what a rip-off. We all need to get out of this state. " - St. James "I'd like to make a comment. Does everybody in Hagerstown and Washington County like having dirt or brown grass for their yards? Common sense tells you when there's no rain, you don't mow. I've drove around the area. Everybody has their yards brown or dried up. or they look like hay. Let's use some common sense, people.