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Mail Call

November 15, 2006

"About all this North/South football stuff in the paper, let's get a couple of things straight. They're both 2A schools playing in a 1A conference. Neither school has done anything in the postseason, when they get there, which is rare. Ninety- eight teams over 49 years going into last week's game had 29 of them with winning records. If you go in the respective schools and look in their athletic trophy cases, you'll see all those second- and third-place trophies. Know where all the first-place ones are?"

- Williamsport




"Oh, how I long for the days of going to downtown Hagerstown and taking in a movie, then to the Majestic for a hot dog with chopped onions and their special red sauce (chili)."




"I've been reading with interest the Mail Call comments about speeding buses in Smithsburg. I've seen them too, but then again, you never know what you'll see happening in Smithsburg. On Halloween I saw a monstrous-looking person driving a school bus and also a clown. There truly must be a driver shortage!"

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- Smithsburg




"This is in regard to the recent listing about the deputy in uniform driving the school bus - my children ride the bus the deputy drove in Smithsburg and it was the safest ride they have had all year."

- Smithsburg




"Herald-Mail Opinion Page editors are sore losers. William Staley's election was not wanted by them. My advice is get over it and stop behaving like a Political Action Committee (PAC) for the Board of Education (BOE)."




"To those of you who won the election, congratulations. But I must ask, why are you still hate-mongering? While I recognize you have the freedom of speech (thanks to our military), please start using some intelligence when practicing that right. As a mother of a soldier deployed to Iraq during the holiday season, I find it painful enough without seeing so much hate speech. You add more pain by making it seem worthless the job they are doing over there, even though they work long hours to try to give people democracy."




"I was under the impression that the correspondents writing in details about the community was for the community, but most now they put in their personal information, and I think that is ridiculous. This was supposed to be for the community events, not their personal life."

- Hagerstown




"I"m calling in about the security at the school doors. I understand they're hiring subs to do that. I don't have a problem with that. I know they get paid decent money, but what I have a problem with is, I've been to quite a few of the schools, and mostly the people are sitting at the door, they're either playing with the telephones or talking on the telephones, and I don't think they're put there to do that. They're put there to watch the doors, control the people going in and out, observing the parking lot for any cars that come in, and things like that."

- Hagerstown




"Did you ever wonder why Jesus chose a donkey instead of an elephant?"




"Does anyone agree with me that it's ridiculous, the amount of tax that they take from you, like a luxury tax if you win a large sum of money or something, how the government takes half or more of it? They always live in the lap of luxury, and when we get a chance to do so, they want half of our money, too. I don't get it."

- Hagerstown




"This is to the Ehrlich fan that was a little bit disgusted with how the election went the other night. First of all, move out of Maryland - see you later, won't miss you. Second, if Ehrlich was such a good (governor), why were we paying $3 for a gallon of gas? Couldn't he have done something about that, being the governor? Just what did he do? Maybe this new one will get us some better health insurance or something; maybe some better prescription plans, and show you what it's all about. Yes, we will get what we asked for - all the good things."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about the caller who referred to the lights being lit and that the residents of the 300 block of Belview Avenue feel like they're living in the spotlight, with backyards totally lit up. I would suggest that this is due to the fact of protection and the need for the cameras to have the lights in case of vandalism. I would suggest that this caller recognize that it's also a protection for them to quite a degree to have their back yards lit up at night, because Hagers-town is getting to have a rather bad name due to all the vandals that live there and all the people who come from other areas who are of a criminal type. Either a big dog is necessary now, or some big lights. You have the lights."

- Rohrersville




"I've been reading with interest the articles involving the transportation department at the BOE. I'm curious why The Herald-Mail and everyone has been postponing all the information on this until the end of October, the first part of November. The director's been gone since mid-September. Let's get with it."




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