September 7, 2008
Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail. Last week there were three poll questions. The first question was: Do you think John McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate was a good choice? "I voted yes because it means a Democratic victory in November.
October 31, 2008
Brock Smith Age: 32 Hometown: Hagerstown College, year: Hagerstown Community College, first year 1) Have you closely followed other races in the past? How did you first start your political involvement? "I remember as far back as the Reagan vs. Mondale election of 1984 and watching almost the whole election map turn red and my mom getting excited. However, I really started to follow politics in my late teens, when my boss, Ross Perot, stirred up the political landscape.
September 5, 2008
"I'm calling about all this fuss about John McCain owning three homes. What effect does that have on an election? When you were in school and voted for class president or another office, did you vote for the person that had all the money, or did you vote for a person that you thought was gonna do the best job? Think about that. " - Washington County "Today was the grand opening of the new senior center that is temporarily at the girls club from the Commission on Aging.
May 2, 2008
More oil wells will not help To the editor: Here we go again. Every time gas prices go up and/or gas shortages appear, a lot of people start yelling the same two proposals: Drill more oil wells in the U.S. so we can stop buying foreign petroleum and tap the strategic reserve. There were several of the first in today's paper. Why don't these people realize there is only so much oil on this planet and the U.S. only has a small portion of it? The entire world's supply will run out sometime in this century.
January 4, 2009
After waves of headlines about faith and politics, President-elect Barack Obama was the clear choice as the top Religion Newsmaker of 2008. The odds were also good that the Religion Newswriters Association would pick the White House race as its top news story. But there was a problem. There were so many faith-based issues in play during this election year that America's religion-beat specialists had trouble deciding which of these hot stories was No. 1. In the end, this was the winning item: "Controversial sermons delivered in recent years by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright surface, resulting in pressure on Barack Obama, who eventually withdraws his membership in his church, the Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago.
November 5, 2008
View the "Voters and Voices" slideshow. WASHINGTON COUNTY -- There were strong feelings Tuesday for both major-party presidential candidates at Washington County's polling places. "Without a doubt -- John McCain," said Todd Drust of Hagerstown, voting at Horst Fencing Service at Huyetts Crossroads. "I voted for Barack," said Robert Click of Hagerstown, whose polling place was Williamsport High School. "We need fresh choices. " As democracy played itself out, turnout was high throughout the day in numerous precincts.
January 3, 2013
“To the caller who recently said they were offended by the Christmas decorations at the Department of Motor Vehicles: I would like them to realize that this is a season for all beliefs to celebrate in the season, and the residents here in Washington County mostly do celebrate Christmas. So you should please not be offended, and be happy that love is being shown.” - Williamsport “To the caller that doesn't think John McCain should be loved: During my military service, I saw a lot of examples of exceptional intelligence, compassion and common sense.