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Mail Call August 26

August 27, 2005

"I am a city homeowner and I have to pay city and county taxes of almost $2,000. My neighbor, whose home is separated from mine by only a driveway, lives in the county. Her taxes are only $600. This makes no sense at all. I don't know what people are going to do. I'm having a hard time paying it myself."




"I suggest a red light rather than a blinking light at Citicorp. I travel that road every day, and I agree that that it's awful. Somebody is really going to get hurt, if not killed."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"Pennsylvania pays taxes for school supplies. That's why they don't have to supply them for their kids. Also, I'd be more than happy to give teachers extra supplies to keep them from taking money out of their pockets."

- Clear Spring




"My cat, Buddy, is a purebred sealpoint Himalayan. There is no other cat or dog or pet in the entire globe like him. He's the greatest pet in the whole world. He thinks he's better than everyone else; the reincarnated King Tut or something. He is the cat. Buddy is awesome."

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- Hagerstown




"This is for the person who said that they live in a small development and don't get any services for their tax money. Do you realize that fire and police protection are there for you? Do you know how important that is?"

- Hagerstown




"I'm reading in the Thursday, Aug. 25, paper that the city has voted to buy a portion of an alley where they're building a new parking deck. Why would the city have to buy a piece of an alley? I thought the city already owned the alleys. Who owns the alleys? There goes more tax money - $50,000."




"I'm really confused - I thought my child was taking band in high school, not phys. ed."

- Hagerstown




"I want to congratulate my hamster, Hambone. He was running backwards on his wheel, and he finished up an hour before he started."

- Sharpsburg




"The council keeps talking about the revitalization of Hagerstown. Why don't they have the owners of buildings in the downtown area repair the buildings so that they can be used? Most of the buildings are empty except for the first floors. They have so much room to put businesses in, and we really need a small grocery store in this area. It's hard for elderly and disabled people to go to grocery stores that are any distance from the downtown area."

- Hagerstown




"I am an officer with Hancock Little League. About the Gaming Commission application: Maybe when parents step up and help instead of criticizing, we would get more accomplished. The officers are all volunteers with families and full-time jobs, and we're not getting paid a cent to schedule and run the organization."

- Hancock




"I hope parents and students have respect for people who work early in the morning, not to be so noisy and to go to bed at a decent hour. I still think the curfew should be enforced for kids to be indoors by dark."

- Hagerstown




"Registered voters who voted for Bush and remain happy with their vote certainly do not pay attention to the facts or do any research."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling in response to the question in Mail Call 'How can I prevent my cat from jumping through my miniblinds?' Get rid of the cat."

- Hagerstown




"When you hear about a president dying, he's a hero. The pope is a hero. Murderers who kill more than one person are celebrities. But when a soldier dies, you never hear his name. He is the hero of his country. A pastor said we need to follow our leader. We need some good leaders."

- Boonsboro




"Do you think perhaps the BOE is going to give the Board's air conditioning to the schools that don't have it, and the board members and the central personnel can work in the heat and let the students be a little more comfortable?"

- Hagerstown




"Everybody's complaining about the gas prices. That problem can be fixed - you can either walk or ride a bike."

- Hagerstown




"I'm really tired of hearing people say to support Bush because he's our leader. The only thing he has done is make everybody go into poverty with the gas prices and the prices of everything. At least when Clinton was in office we didn't have all this gas gouging. I think we need to bring Bill Clinton back."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about the school supplies list. Why do we have to supply for the whole community? Why do the parents have to pay for all this stuff when they do pay taxes for schools? They want to spend all this money on stadiums and take money out of special ed. I think we need to have a look at the school board."




"Here we go again, closing military bases. We're going to save millions of dollars. Where will the money go? Oh well, President Bush will find some country overseas that needs some cash."




"How can they put gas prices so high? I'm 16 years old and have to put $40 of gas in my tank each week, and I have to pay insurance and my car payment. I don't know how people expect us to pay for these things."

- Hagerstown




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