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Mail call

August 15, 1997

"I'm calling in response to the termination of Tommy Bowers, Police Chief of Smithsburg. It is true, it is all political but I'd like to say that Tommy, you've done a great job in three years. You've done more than anyone else has done in over 20 years. As a former Smithsburg resident, I stand with you and hope that everything comes your way and the town of Smithsburg realizes just how bad they messed up letting a great man like you leave the town of Smithsburg."

"I'd like to wish my granddaughter Kia a happy birthday on Aug. 17. I love you, Nene."

"I'd just like to say that I was shocked to hear about Police Chief Thommy Bowers of Smithsburg. I would like to say that he has done justice for our town. The children and the town really care for him. The adults do also and whatever has come between him and the mayor, I think they should be able to work it out amongst themselves and the council should have been at the town meeting when he was called in and handed his termination papers. I think it was a rotten thing what they've done to him. He is a well respected man and is well liked in our town and hopefully he'll get his job back."

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"This is in reference to Tommy Bowers the police chief out in Smithsburg. Yes, he is a well liked man and all the kids adore him but he is lax in doing his job and this is why the people like him. He lets things slide that perhaps shouldn't but that doesn't make him a bad person. He is a real nice guy and yes, just about everyone thinks so including me. I personally think that Mayor Myers is lax in doing her job, too, and just maybe she should be ousted, too. I think it was a rotten way to go about firing Tommy and that she should have been more honest about it and more up front. I'm sure all she had to do was to tell him to come in and he would have. Why the big deal saying there was an unexpected town meeting? Myers, if most of the people in Smithsburg have their way you'll be gone and Tommy will be back to stay. We all hope so anyway. Fight for it Tommy and don't let her get away with it. The town will stand behind you all the way."

"I'm calling concerning the United Parcel Service strike. Why are these people sitting underneath the tents if they're on strike? They should be walking the building, not sitting in the tents. I just went by the Hagerstown office and I think it's terrible when they say they're going to walk and they're not."

"I thought Tim Rowland's column on Wednesday, Aug. 13 was really outstanding but talking about the previous article that one of the reporters put in the paper about the $10 million in regard to the Conococheague Sewer Plant, the total sum I thought was $50 million. What happened to the other 40 million? There's been no articles in the paper about that. Where is it? What was it used for?"

"I think Mail Call is great but I wish people would keep their mouths shut about the mail carriers. I'm 82-years-old and I can find a whole lot more to do than keep track of what time the mail comes. I think they do a terrific job."

"To all the people complaining about the farmers being on the road. If the development of the farm land wouldn't have gotten so bad, maybe we wouldn't have to travel so far to farm between our farms and also if you only knew that we hate to have to move our equipment on the road as much as you hate us being on them. We're only doing our job, one that provides food for all of you, even you people that are complaining. Thanks to all you patient and understanding people."

"Let me see if I have this right. Years ago we didn't have a downtown coordinator and we had a downtown. Now it seems as if we don't have a downtown and we have a downtown coordinator. Tell me if that seems to make sense?"

"Well, this is for the one that plays the horseshoes up in Chewsville. The Bible says, 'Father forgive them for they know not what they do.' That's what is the matter with them. They don't know what they are doing."

"Mail Call, I would just like to say something about the firing of Tommy Bowers. Tommy is a very good friend of mine and he is the best cop I've ever met. Why you've decided to fire him, I don't know but you'll never find a better cop than Tommy."

"Concerning the firing of Smithsburg Police Chief Tom Bowers, I think the mayor and the council should quit playing politics and look at what is in the best interest of the town. There aren't many communities around where the local kids respect the police the way the youth of Smithsburg respect Tommy Bowers. They're your town's future. Perhaps the people of Smithsburg should look at where their priorities are of their elected officials the next time it's election time."

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