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Mail Call for 6/1

June 02, 2004

"I think putting tolls on Interstate 81 is a bad idea. They say they want to put them on the two entrances into Maryland, which is Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Those residents already paid their taxes to widen 81, now the Maryland government wants to do is have the Pennsylvanians and West Virginians pay for the Maryland's widening of I-81 also."




"Not all the teachers at Fountain Rock are unhappy. My child has had a wonderful experience this year. Her teacher has done many fun activities, but those activities had been tied to the county curriculum. The principal has been a positive person. It's nice to walk into the school and be greeted in a cheery manner. Change is good. Maybe those complaining are the ones afraid of change."




"I read the article in the paper about the county wanting to franchise the cable. I am curious to know what is the benefit to the taxpayers for having a franchise agreement with the cable company. We use Hagerstown as an example. We have a franchise agreement with the cable company. We have no choice as far as cable companies once there is a franchise agreement. That means this is the only cable company that can come into that area. The only other option we have is satellite. The county wants to spend $25,000 to do a study and they wonder why they don't have any money."

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"I read the letter to the editor titled 'Unions Make Life Better.' Tell that to the 350 ex-Pangborn employees whose shop was closed due to that 28 percent higher wage bracket that the letter referred to. The union and their demands caused us to price ourselves right out of the manufacturing business. Our work was sent down South, where lower wages were welcomed with open arms. Years ago, unions were needed in establishing and eight-hour work day and ending child labor. Nowadays, most employers are fair and just without needing union representation. We would welcome our jobs back, minus the union and their $18 an hour wage requirement. Closing Pangborn did not make our lives better. If we would have had a choice, we would have voted the union out."




"Is there not a law prohibiting farm equipment, which is wider than the driving lane, being driven on public roads? Anyone who has had to run off the road to avoid them knows what I am talking about. It's even worse at dusk, when they don't have any lights."




"What a wonderful world it would be if we all live by the motto: Do No Harm. Not harming the environment by not throwing your trash on the ground, not harming each other by hurtful words or gossip, not hurting ourselves by doing all of these things. Above all, Do No Harm."




"The city council votes to pay more than $100,000 to keep the ice rink going for a very few well-placed individuals, whereas they fight over $20,000 for the pool on Jonathan Street. True, the Jonathan Street group needs to get their papers in order. However, they also deserve to keep that pool open."

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