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Mail Call

November 22, 2006

"I would like a representative from Washington County government to explain to everyone how they spent the windfall of money they collected from the property tax increases over the last three years. Did they pay off the water and sewer debt to relieve the burden on county residents? The scariest thing is that I don't hear any county residents asking these questions."

- Hagerstown




"To the caller who said deer hunting should be illegal. Have you ever hit a deer with your car? Try driving down the road if deer hunting were illegal. Would you rather see dead deer all over the side of the road? Think about it."

- Funkstown




"This is to the thought police out there. I will keep my campaign signs up for eternity if I wish, and the same thing goes with my Halloween, my Christmas, my Valentine's Day decorations. If I feel like it, they're gonna be out there forever, too. If they really annoy you and you don't like this example of free speech, why don't you buy a one-way ticket to Iran."

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- Hagerstown




"I'm calling regarding picking up trash after football games and (at) other public places. I was taught, and taught my children as well, to leave a place as nice as when you got there - in fact, to make it even much nicer if possible. This goes for walks in the park and other public places, too."

- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about the North-South game. My grandson plays, in the ninth grade. I'm really upset because we didn't have anything put in the paper when South won. The ninth-graders won that game and they really played a heck of a ball game. I'm really proud of my grandson. He played the whole game and played his heart out. These boys earned it, and I'd appreciate it if you could put the ninth-graders in, too, because they work just as hard."




"Choice is a very big word in our vocabulary. We have a lot of choices to make daily. Our government, from the president and all his advisers, made a very poor choice in deciding to go to Iraq. We are really in a mess over there, and it's gonna be a long time until we get out of there - a lot of death, a lot of destruction, and a terrible lot of money that could be used for other things besides going to war. I don't think that place will ever change. They've been fighting for thousands of years, and I don't think democracy in one country is gonna make any difference."

- Williamsport




"I would like to respond to the comment by the Waynesboro caller concerning the men and women that joined up in the military - they knew that they were gonna be probably in the war zone, and she said that she grieves for the victims that did die in the war in Iraq. Doesn't she realize that if everyone felt the way she did, if no one joined up in the military to protect the freedoms in this country, doesn't she realize how this world would become if we didn't have our men and women in the military to call on when we have a crisis such as the one in Iraq?"

- Greencastle, Pa.




"A lot of people are calling in about the new hospital having a couple less rooms than the old hospital. How about using part of the old hospital as the training center for people who want to learn medical practices such as X-ray and stuff like that? Keep one or two floors open in case there's some kind of pandemic or something. They could also be used for people who aren't critically ill, instead of people complaining about they always have to wait in the waiting room. If they lease part of the old hospital out as office space, etc., I don't see any reason to tear it down, especially since I just read in the paper that they're doing a $1 or $2 million renovation. Why waste that money now when they're gonna build the new one? Why don't they renovate for the good of everybody?"

- Hagerstown




"I agree with the caller in Mail Call that said that so many businesses in Hagerstown are saying 'Happy Holidays' on their signs and not saying 'Merry Christmas.' They will do anything they can to get anybody's dollar. When they can't use the word 'Merry Christmas' I try not to patronize those stores. I know sometimes it's pretty well impossible, but if they're scared to say 'Merry Christmas' to us true Americans, and they want to cater to the bunch that's come into this country that they're scared of. . . .Christianity was our religion mostly and now there's so many people in here and they want to change everything, so if those stores can't use Christ's name in their Christmas, then I can't use my money to patronize them."

- Sharpsburg




"I, too, was a member of a band, and then a band director in Washington County. I am now a principal in another school district. I agree that marching is a physical challenge; however, marching is not music. Music is an entity unto itself. The making of music is an art, not a sport. You must be able to play before you can march. At the next Showcase of Bands (which, by the way, I have directed) try having an entire band march with no instruments, and see what reaction you'll receive. That would be a sport."

- Washington County




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