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A wry look at the 'best' of Mail Call/You Said It

A wry look at the 'best' of Mail Call/You Said It

August 23, 2007

"I understand the city has a $500 reward out for graffiti."

I'm going to try to catch that graffiti myself. That $500 would come in handy.

"Of the 39 developed nations, we are 77th in taking care of our people as far as health care is concerned."

Wow, we really are in bad shape.

"The hypocritic oath for doctors"

Is that when they promise to be deceitful and pretentious?

"I don't know where you Hagerstown people have been all these years, but clothes aren't what they were 20 years ago."

Oh, but they are in Hagers-town - as far as style, that is.

"I think if we would cut down on the population of the developers, then we wouldn't have to worry about the overpopulation of the deer."

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So, are the developers feeding the deer now?

"I get all the P.C. concern about global warming, environment, save the trees, save the whales, save everything else. However, the fact of the matter is, nothing's going to happen in your lifetime, your children's lifetime, your grandchildren's lifetime, or your great-grandchildren's lifetime. We're gonna be long gone. I don't have any children, so frankly, I don't care."

We're not sure whether to be happy that you won't be passing that attitude on to the next generation, or sad that you don't appreciate what previous generations did to give you what you have now.

"In reference to these people complaining about people letting their pets in their vehicles while they're in a store or somewhere, what are these people supposed to do, take their pets everywhere they go into, into stores and places with them? I realize that they shouldn't let them in the vehicles whenever it's really, really hot out, but still, I just feel that people just need to use common sense."

Wouldn't it be nice if the pets could go into the air-conditioned stores while the owners sat in the cars, with the windows rolled down only an inch or two, wondering if their companions were going to return?




A "High five" to these callers:

"I just finished the article in the paper about the volunteer, Karol Kennedy. What a lovely, lovely person she must be. I'm sure that there's gonna be a special place reserved in heaven for her. Thank you so much for all your kindness and the good work you do with the Humane Society." - Hagerstown

"Actually, legislators are tackling a tough issue when they discuss plastic bag usage. Plastic bags are a petroleum-based product, the same as the petroleum ingredient in our gasoline. If we can cut wasteful plastic bag usage, we will have more gas for our cars and perhaps the price at the pump will come down. Unfortunately, we have to rely on our vehicles for necessary trips. We don't have the mass transport system that other countries have, but we do not have to use plastic bags. We have alternatives there."




Answers to frequently asked questions:

"I was just wondering if anybody out there knows of a number or someone you can contact about landlords, the renters and their rights, and what landlords should be doing for their renters. I'd appreciate it if someone could give me a number. Thank you."

- Hagerstown

I contacted the Housing Authority of Washington County (301-791-3168), and was referred to the Hagerstown Home Store at 301-797-0900. I spoke with Dana at the Home Store, who advised that general information is available through the Home Store. The Web address is www.hagerstownhomestore.org.

Tenants who wish to make complaints about conditions in rental properties - for example, no heat or hot water - may also call Hagerstown's Office of Code Compliance, which enforces the rental licensing and inspection program passed in 2003.

The Web address is www.hagerstownmd.org/CodeCompliance/rentalLicensing.asp. Or, you may call 301-739-8577, ext. 194.

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