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July 31, 2006

"It has already happened - a correctional officer killed at Jessup. Who's to blame? The system needs more officers, not young, inexperienced female therapists who the inmates enjoy interacting with. Maybe we need a new head of the prison system."

- Boonsboro




"May God bless the family of 'Doc.' What a tragedy that has apparently taken place in El Paso, Texas. Whoever you are, you're in our prayers."

- Martinsburg, W.Va.




"I would like to report that we have garbage sitting for more than two weeks - in fact, one is a month on the streets of Halfway, especially Greenmount Avenue. It should be reported to the health department."




"I just found out my husband's storage was sold at auction. I am asking if the people who bought it, or who know who bought it, is selling the items that were in there. I had several homemade dolls, an old violin and an accordion I would like to buy back. These items have a lot of sentimental value. The people who made the dolls for me are now deceased, the violin was a family heirloom, and the accordion was my father's, who passed away almost two years ago. Please leave a message in (You Said It) where I can reach the people who bought the unit. There was also a stove, refrigerator, china cabinet and an engine stand in the unit."

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- Hagerstown




"This is to the woman who was driving a black Jeep on Interstate 70 Thursday morning. You rode my bumper from past Clear Spring then passed me in the right lane and cut me off. You had to be driving 90 mph. I have two small children - you need to think about other people and that you could cause a terrible wreck. Road rage is ridiculous. If you are running late for work, that is not my problem or anyone else's who may be in the danger of you. Get up earlier! Funny thing is I got right behind you on the I-81 interchange - just goes to prove you don't get any farther driving like you were."

- Hancock




"I have been a teacher in Washington County for more than 30 years. On behalf of my fellow teachers, I feel obligated to respond to an item in Wednesday's Mail Call. The caller apparently made comments based on misinformation. Here are some facts. Local teachers are not state employees or members of a union. The Washington County Teachers Association is not a union. Membership is not mandatory. That might explain why my work week is usually 45 to 50 hours instead of 40, not including work that is done at home. Six years ago, I reached the top of our pay scale and rest assured, it is nowhere close to $100,000. Like the caller, I am a county taxpayer. My county property taxes pay about 6 percent of my own salary. There is no such thing as free dental or eyeglasses! More than $200 a month is deducted from my pay for medical and dental insurance. Our plan does not even offer an eye-care option."

- Williamsport




"I'm calling in about the other correctional officer that was just killed down at the House of Correction. The whole administration down there has to go. If it would be a tier officer and something happened, they would have lost their job. The (inmates) have family days, they have everything else, they watch movies in there 24 hours a day if they want. They just have too much. We don't have any say in anything anymore, and it's a shame another correctional officer died. This is from a Division of Corrections employee."

- Washington County




"I'm not in favor of the county paying Mr. Christoffel anything. He will not be working any of those days."

- Hagerstown




"In response to the Wednesday Mail Call from somebody in Sharpsburg that states 'There seems to be a lot of Mail Calls about year-round schools' etc. I'm sorry, I don't consider children mistakes. The year-round would give the kids something to do instead of some of them that cannot get a job because of their age. They could be in school instead of out roaming the streets. Another thing - senior citizens do the same thing and pay for children they don't have any longer in school. The people that have their children in Catholic school pay taxes, and their kids don't go to public school. Taxes pay for a lot of other things besides children's education."

- Hagerstown




"I see where gas on the Eastern Shore is as low as $2.67 a gallon, with some as high as only $2.75. This is because the costly additive ethanol is not required in some of the counties down there. Washington County, along with Allegany and Garrett counties, are free to sell gas without the expensive additive ethanol, so why is their gas as low as $2.67 a gallon, and here in Washington County it's $2.95 or higher, roughly 30 cents higher per gallon? By the way, we're paying 41.9 cents in taxes for every gallon we buy - 23.5 cents state tax and 18.4 cents federal tax."




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