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Mail Call

October 06, 2005

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"Why should Bush tell us to conserve gasoline? How are we to get to work, church, the supermarket and so forth? He's constantly flying in Air Force One, which takes a huge amount of jet fuel. In addition, the helicopter flights require fuel also."

- Hagerstown




"I would like to know who made the schedule for Smithsburg High School's varsity football season. Since when is it fair or safe for our children in a 1A school to play 2A and 3A schools for their first four games?"

- Smithsburg




"Yesterday, at City Park in Hagerstown, there were numerous dead fish floating in brown debris in the pond and waterways. I couldn't help but notice that the brown debris looked like mulch that washed down from the now bare bank in front of the museum. Doesn't mulch contain many chemicals that are harmful? Why would mulch be spread where it could wash into the pond?"

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- Smithsburg




"I'm reading the front page of the Monday, Oct. 3 Daily Mail, about the sex offender registry. I live in the West End of Hagers-town, and I have a sex offender across the street and one two doors down. If it weren't for the sex offender registry, I wouldn't even have known that. I think it's a wonderful thing. I would hate to be dating somebody, and trust them to be alone with my child, and find out that they have been incarcerated or accused or convicted of a crime like this. Keep up the work, and keep all of them registered."

- Hagerstown




"I have grandchildren, and I am concerned about who the four registered sex offenders in Boonsboro are. I don't have a way to go online and get the names and things."

- Boonsboro




"I would like to thank the person who turned in a wallet to the Valley Mall courtesy desk on Saturday, Oct. 1, with all contents intact. I thank you very much. There are honest people in this world yet."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling to all the people who complain and say you're not going to stand for this stuff. If you're ready to fight and say we're not going to pay these taxes, then I want to see you do it. You're all talk, no action. Stand on the city square. Pick a day, and fight back. Tell your government 'No'. We're not paying your taxes to flush our toilets. We're not paying because we parked a few inches outside of a line. Keep your $40, whatever. When you actually do it, then I'll believe you're actually somebody. Other than that, you just hide behind your computer or your telephone. Where are the real men?"

- Hagerstown




"This is to the people who say that we belong in Iraq, and that the Iraqis are so glad we're there. In that picture I saw in Thursday's paper where the soldiers' vehicle was blown up - and thank God nobody was killed this time - it looked like the people were all cheering. Yeah, they really want us over there."

- Hagerstown




"To all these people complaining about the flush tax, just do a little homework and you'll see that it was one of the things that Glendenning proposed back when he was still governor. He left this state in the red, millions of dollars in debt, so they had to do something to clean up the bay. I'm not in favor of the flush tax, I'm just telling you where it all came from."

- Boonsboro




"To the truck driver in the Monday, Oct. 3 paper who downgraded senior citizens driving. I beg your pardon; I read my newspapers. Just keep a record of all the fatalities by fast driving teenagers and driving under the influence. A teenager ran into the rear of my car while I was sitting still at a stoplight. She was leaning over, driving and cleaning out her glove compartment, and wasn't aware of the stoplight on the busy highway."

- Williamsport




"It seems that people are all for helping refugees from the U.S. and abroad, as long as they don't put them on their block in their fine little town. It only shows how xenophobic and hypocritical so many of our citizens are. All the downtrodden in the world deserve a chance at freedom, and we don't have to destroy a country to give it to them. Welcome them to your town, and I think you'll all be surprised by their contributions."

- Williamsport




"I'd just like to say thanks and congratulations to the people in Williamsport who made the haunted house very, very nice at the KOA campgrounds. I took my kids there Saturday, and they really loved it. Keep up the good work."

- Hagerstown




"Evidently, we don't have the knowledge to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. Of course, the Great Wall of China has been there for some time, but evidently they were smarter than we are. I have a suggestion. Let Mexico be our next state. Let them pay the same taxes, the whole bit, that the rest of us do. Maybe they'll wake up. Maybe the Mexican people or the Mexican officials will try to keep their wandering children home."

- Williamsport




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