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Mail Call for 3/19

March 19, 1999

Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line.

Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call weekdays at 301-791-6236.

Readers are welcome to leave their recorded message on any topic they choose, but some calls are screened out.

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:




"I'm calling to comment on how wonderful the Washington County Commuter's Paratransit program is. I recently had surgery, and depended on the paratransit program to get back and forth to my therapy. Cheryl and Kim, who do the scheduling, which is fantastic with all their help, are very nice and very helpful. It's a great program and I hope it continues for many years."




"According to the newspaper, the county is going to pay $4.2 million for the stadium, the city is going to pay $5.1 million, and the state is going to pay $2.3 million. Goodness, does that mean that all the rich people only have to pay $2.1 million? That's pretty good for the high dollar rich people. How about giving us taxpayers a break and financing this thing yourself."

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"This is response to the caller who said if we are opposed to the stadium, we are as old as the stadium. For your information we are younger than 30, with two kids 3 and under. Since you're don't know enough to know that your tax money supports our school already, then you probably don't know enough to understand a baseball game. So why do we need a new stadium? Well, we don't."




"I would like to talk about what goes on down at the HCC recreation center. Where they play basketball or whatever, they have couches, sofas there that students use, that I see every day. They have their feet up on the arms of the furniture, laying around all the time, they have trash on the floors, they throw snowballs on the basketball court. This is total abuse and it's paid for by the taxpayers, and I think someone should do something about it."




"I am opposed to taking tax money out of the general fund to pay for the water and sewer debt. If the City of Hagerstown thinks it should get a rebate, then why shouldn't I? I have a septic system and a well, if my system goes bad or have trouble, is the county going to subsidize me? I just spent over $3,000 on a new septic system, a new one, did the county say here we will help you pay for it? I choose to live in the county on a well and septic system. If these people choose to have a water and sewer system, let them pay for it. I have to pay for mine. The general tax fund is for all the people, not a chosen few. You're taking money that should go to schools, roads, police and fire protection for everybody. There's a meeting on March 30 at 7 p.m. in the County Administration Building. I would like to see that place overflowing with people who have septic systems and water systems."




"Talking about rebates, well it seems to me that the sheriff is the highest ranking officer in the county. I think you could save some tax dollars by consolidating the city police with the Sheriff's Department and the City Parks Department with the County Parks Department. The same with the Roads Department. There are many areas they should look at, instead of handing over $800,000 to the city when the county has a sewer bill and continues to raise the fees on the people who can't afford it."




"I am also a vendor at our City Farmers Market. I am concerned about the future of our market. In the past, the market has been doing very well. I am very concerned about what is going to happen without a market master there. For years, the market wasn't doing so well and now it is. I am very proud to live in Hagerstown. I grew up going to the market with my father. He was also a retired railroader. Our roundhouse is gone now, and I understand that our city couldn't afford to do anything about that. Please try to save our City Market. It's the only thing some of us have left from our past."




"I was trying to figure out why Clear Spring wanted a library up there. They don't want anything else up there in that town. I don't know why they would want a library. I don't think they should get it."




"This is a message to the County Commissioners. You raise our taxes, property taxes one more time, and we are out of here. There are 12 of us ready to leave!"




"I would like to comment to the individual who parks in the handicapped spot because he doesn't feel good. I would like him to know that I am a disabled veteran that has chronic back problems and can't hardly walk. I am entitled to a handicapped sticker, but I haven't requested it from my doctor, nor do I plan on requesting one until I find that it is impossible for me to walk a great distance to the stores. I feel that handicapped spots should be used for those who really have bad problems and really need the spots, so I am not going to take one these spots."




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