“Interesting articles in today’s paper (Oct. 2). ... Wouldn’t it be a beautiful gesture if the firemen’s association would donate $100K to Holly Place? It sounds as though the budget at Holly Place is ‘on fire.’”
“I find it hard to believe that they’re going to build a senior citizens center with no pool, when everything you read says exercise in a pool. It seems as though they have money for everything else. And for everyone who is thinking about calling in and saying that seniors don’t need a pool, remember, you will be a senior one of these days. What’s the matter with this picture? Come on, seniors, let your voice be heard.”
“As a volunteer fireman in this county, I’m glad to see that the paper’s reporting on what’s going on at the fire and rescue association over this gambling money. Because the way I see it, something just doesn’t smell right. I think the paper should keep pressing until the truth comes out. Also, I think the county should take over the distribution of the money, instead of the ones at the fire and rescue association.”
— Washington County
“Would like to know why the senior citizen center is going to be built way out at the college. Will there be a free bus to take the seniors out to the college? Why is everything being built on the north or east end of town? Like the YMCA and the new hospital. Why not build the senior citizen building on the hospital lot? This decision should be made by the people. The commissioners need to realize that older people cannot find transportation (free, that is.) Most of us have a very tight budget. It is hard to get out to the professional building where all the doctors are moving. It would be nice if the commissioners would think about the people the senior citizen center is for. Why don’t you ask us?”
— Hagerstown’s South End
“Tim Rowland spoke many of my same thoughts when I read about the new roundabout to the entrance to Hagerstown Community College. Yikes. What is with whoever is scheming up these crazy ideas for our roads? Must be the same person who thought to put bike lanes out on one of the busiest highways (Dual Highway) in between two car lanes. Not only that, any cars wishing to turn right onto Edgewood Drive must cross over the bike lane to get to the right-turn lane. Bikers beware. Your odds of being run over have gone up 90 percent.”
“Many thanks to the Washington County Roads Department for their recent trimming of trees along Stevenson Road, and especially at the intersection of Smithsburg-Leitersburg Road. This has been a very dangerous intersection when trying to make a turn onto Smithsburg-Leitersburg Road from Stevenson Road. It is so much better now that you can see any traffic approaching from the right and left. Again, many thanks.”
“Wow, thanks again, Mr. President. You got another terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki. See, kiddies, this is what can be accomplished when you actually go after the terrorists instead of wasting thousands of American lives and billions of dollars in Iraq. Billions of dollars, did the Republicans do that? My, my. But don’t dare spend any money on disaster relief here at home, heavens no.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.
“In the morning’s paper, Wednesday, Sept. 28, on the front page, it says about putting a roundabout in the entrance of the junior college. This has to be about the stupidest idea I have ever heard. With all the traffic with the kids coming in and out of that college, don’t you think it’d be easier to put another road in to the college, so the kids are not coming down Robinwood Drive? Robinwood Drive now is three times worse, maybe 10 times worse than what it was 20 years ago ... before there are so many wrecks around that circle that they’ll be jammed up and we’ll never get around the circle.”
“This is in reference to the Barbara Ingram students blocking traffic. The students bring a multitude of talent, not only to the downtown area but to other schools. The natural talent is also coupled with the highest SAT scores in all of Washington County. Rather than spending so much time complaining about these gifted students, just go around the block.”
— Washington County
“I know you’re not going to print this, because you haven’t printed anything I called in lately, but the president and the people running for president ought to know that the president can’t do anything without an act of Congress approving it. So when they promise you all this, they’re just lying. Wake up, America.”
“I’m calling to respond to the Hagerstown caller who refers to the motto ‘Do as I say, not as I do,’ the new conservative motto. Correction: It is not a conservative motto. It is the motto of the House of Representatives, the Senate and yes, right up to the president of the U.S. Whenever the two Houses of Congress pass a law, they exempt themselves from it. They have the best of medical care, paid for by the taxpayers, as does the president.”
— Kearneysville, W.Va.