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Mail call 7/18

July 18, 2002

"They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, you know a videotape should be worth a million bucks. It's all in that video- tape, the slamming of that black teenager onto the squad car, with his hands retrained, then punched in the face. Right there, it is all on the videotape and look at the cop squirming, trying to get out of it. Everything is taken out of context. You know what else, they are sending out a message, if you are videotaping something and if it's against the cops, you will be punished. Because the man that videotaped this is now in jail."

"About the fountains for the City Park. Could someone let Councilwoman Penny Nigh know that it doesn't make any difference if it comes out of the city money, or out of our pockets because it is still our money. That's the problem with the politicians today, they don't care if it is a federal or city fund or out of our pockets. Be advised, Penny, it is our money."


"From time to time, I have also experienced my groceries smashed. I don't think it's my responsibility to make the employee do their job. It's only common sense, keep soap products away from produce and keep frozen food separate. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. I don't understand what the problem is and why people are bad mouthing people who complain about service that isn't right."

"I have a solution to the grocery baggers at the stores. When you get to the register, tell the cashier that you will bag your own. That is what I do. They get this look on their face, maybe then they will all hopefully realize that they are the reason we want to bag our own. You can get done quicker this way and don't have to worry about your bread being squashed."

"To the person who said that speaking to God should be done in private with your friends and family. It says in the Bible that if you are ashamed of God here on Earth, he will be ashamed of you on Judgment Day. One day you will stand before him and be judged."

"For the little thief who stole my son's bike on Edgemont Road in Smithsburg. I thought that was very cruel for you to take something away from him, he worked so hard to get it. We do know what you look like, so if you return the bike there will be no questions asked."

"A little information about my ethnic background. First of all, I am a 47-year-old white woman who lives in the Catoctin Mountains and I have been told that my group is more less called rednecks. I just wanted to let you know that I am one redneck mountain woman who is outraged by the fact that the police have inflicted brutality on African Americans for no reason. The tape of that black teenager being slammed onto a squad car and then punched in the face outraged me. How would anyone feel if that were their child and then find out that the kid was mentally challenged? The video clearly shows that the boys hands are cuffed. How could someone whose hands are cuffed be accused of grabbing and hitting someone in the crotch? That's the reason the officer gave for hitting him in the face. Bull. Guess what, the man who videotaped this, is locked up. What's that tell you?"

"I wanted to thank the person who called in with the name of the song 'Going Up The Country' on the Tide commercial. I knew that song was from way back in my past and I just love it. So now, I just need to know where I can find it."

- Hagerstown

"Kenneth Jones from Funkstown had a very good idea in the paper the other day about putting a plaque at the corner of North Potomac and North Avenue on the park of the Spanish Cannon. They are going to redo the park. It seems to me that if the city is going to spend $100,000, they certainly can put a plaque there for Company B, 115th Infantry, the 29th Division that landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. I think it is long overdue."

"Where was 'Blondie' at on Saturday? Come on Herald-Mail, shape up."

"For the person who called and asked if there was a MS support group, locally. There is one that just got started. They only had their first meeting so far. Their second meeting is going to be July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Washington County Library. If you need someone to talk to before then, leave your number in the paper, she would be happy to give you a call. She has had MS for 20 years. Good luck."

"Hey Tim Rowland, 'Baldwin House of Horrors' in Wednesday, July 10 was a classic."

"Don't you like the newest gimmicks that almost all the supermarkets have on their advertising? Buy one, get one free. If you are a smart shopper, in most cases, you will know that the one that you are buying is twice as much as it should be to start with, so you aren't really getting anything free. Like I said, smart shoppers would pick that up. I follow the prices closely because I am in supermarkets a lot. For instance, a 12-pack of soft drinks may be $4.50, well you can buy a whole case of 24 for $4 if you are a good shopper. So check out those prices before you fall for their gimmicks."

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