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Mail Call

March 20, 2008

"If the sheriff's department has a bullet shortage, maybe they can send someone up to the former shooting range near Hancock and dig some of the bullets out of the trees and recycle them." - Hancock




"So a House subcommittee announced cuts that may cause the closing of the (University System of Maryland) in Hagerstown. Maybe the County Commissioners should consider taking that over, instead of the Franklin Street boondoggles. At least the university property should not need extensive repairs or changes. By the way, just how much is the estimate on refurbishing or rebuilding those Franklin Street properties?" - Hagerstown




"This is to the Mail Caller who said we should be drilling in Alaska, because the Democrats won't let us drill. I'm gonna say this one more time: We have drilled in Alaska. There's a pipeline that's been pumping for 40 years. It could pump oil for another 30 years, but we ship it out. We don't use it. They say there's enough oil coming from Alaska to have gas for every single car in the U.S., but we ship it out. Why drill Alaska out again, when the oil is there? We don't use it. We ship it out." - Hagerstown

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"I was surprised to see how quick gas can drop when they have competition, on Halfway Boulevard now. Their gas dropped 10 cents, just as low as their competitor. Have we been taken advantage of, all these months and years?" - Halfway




"If local citizens want to contact our governor and state legislative leaders, asking them to not cut funding for the University System of Maryland, Hagerstown, as the Opinion page editor rightfully suggests, the best way to convince them that we desperately need higher education is by sending them a copy of Mail Call, published in the local newspaper any day of the week. If that doesn't show our need for more education here, nothing else will."




"It seems curious that whenever our County Commissioners consider spending $4.5-plus million to purchase additional space to consolidate county offices, there is little or no hesitation. Similarly, little hesitation is given to funding educational issues, children's issues/programs, and/or veterans' programs or funding requests. Yet when it comes to recognizing the needs of seniors - many who have been educators and veterans (and are taxpaying voters), a lukewarm attitude and considerable caution is given to their funding needs. Unlike all other counties in Maryland, our commissioners seem to feel it is unnecessary (or at least unaffordable) to provide a senior center appropriately exclusive to its entire senior population (which, by the way, could be visited by the girls' club and other youth groups). It has been said that the character of one's society can be measured by the respect and dignity shown to its elders. Need more be said?" - Williamsport

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