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Mail Call

January 10, 2006

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"Be prepared for Iran. It's going to be another Iraq. The White House and Bush and Cheney are getting their spinmasters out there, talking it up. So get ready, it's coming. They're getting ready for it."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about the Waynesboro YMCA comments. The Herald-Mail does say 'Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia'' It is Tri-State news, and Pennsylvania is considered Tri-State, just like Maryland and West Virginia."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"Over the last several months, several people on our farm have caught sight of a mountain lion. Every person who has had a sighting of it is sure of what they've seen."

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- Washington County




"The person who called about the project on Sterling Road must live down the road somewhere if they don't know the difference between Md. 68 and Sterling Road."

- Williamsport




"Due to the fact that they've raised the price of a stamp to 39 cents starting this week, I just have to ask what they're doing to improve services at the post office. Any time I go to a post office, I have to stand in a long line to get service. At times, there's only one worker at the counter. If they want to raise the price of stamps every few years, they ought to try to improve the service at the post office also."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"I have to agree about the column by Susie Hoffman, the Funkstown correspondent. It was food for thought, and it was very beautiful. In case you missed it, it was in a few days ago, and it said 'Food for the soul.' It's worth reading.

- Hagerstown




"In the Thursday, Jan. 5, paper, there was a complaint from a Boonsboro resident about paying $19 every three months for water. Move over to Sharpsburg - thanks to the County Commissioners, it's more than $300 for three months. I'd love to have your water and sewer bill."




"About the Waynesboro YMCA always being in the Hagerstown paper, I think the reader is looking at the Tri-State page. Maybe he should stop reading the Tri-State page. Also, now that the Leitersburg cinemas are closing, the Valley Mall should consider bringing back the 10 o'clock movie on Saturday mornings. That would be a good thing."

- Hagerstown




"I would like for the citizens of Williamsport to remember that John Slayman lost, so forget it."

- Hagerstown




"I was misunderstood or else I didn't clarify myself when I called about the $19 charge for water. I was asking how much longer Boonsboro will continue to charge people for the new water line that was put in at least five years ago, between Boonsboro and Keedysville. It was supposed to be paid for within two years, and we are still being charged $19 every three months for it."

- Boonsboro




"In Mail Call last week, a caller referring to Mr. Bush stated that 'this poor guy can't win for losing.' Well, it goes with the territory. If you don't want to be scrutinized, criticized, and infrequently, idolized, don't aspire to public office, especially the Oval Office on Pennsylvania Avenue."

- Washington County




"Regarding wiretapping, I don't know why anyone would be upset about anyone listening to their phone conversations or reading their e-mails. I'm an honest person, and I'm not doing anything wrong, so I couldn't care less."

- Hagerstown




"This is to the parent of the kindergartener at Clear Spring. It sounds like you're accusing the cafeteria workers of allowing your child to buy additional items at lunch. It's your child's fault and your fault if she is buying additional items and you don't want her to. The cafeteria workers can't police this."

- Hagerstown




"To get rid of razor burn, put a little buttermilk on your face and let the cat lick off the whiskers."

- Hagerstown




"I'm referring to the caller who thanked The Herald-Mail for not putting any junk in the paper today, Jan. 2. I must say that one person's junk is another person's treasure, so let The Herald-Mail decide what to put in and what not to put in the paper at any given time. We appreciate The Herald-Mail."

- Rohrersville




"I think it's about time for everybody to give it a break on raising prices. The cable company, the gas company, and now the post office are raising rates. The mailman doesn't even walk much anymore; he just rides around. The government here in Hagerstown and in Maryland needs to find a way to lower taxes instead of raising them all the time. Next time you vote, look at the County Commissioners and the City Council, because they're the ones jacking up rates."

- Hagerstown




"People who can't afford to pay for their kids' lunch can apply for free and reduced lunches. Reduced lunches are only 40 cents. If they have all these children and can't afford lunch for them, all they have to do is call Food Service and fill out an application."

- Hagerstown




"I just got my special gift for the year when I got word today that my granddaughter, my baby, is coming home from Iraq after a year. She's on her way home, and God bless her. God bless America."

- Washington County




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