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Mail Call

May 23, 2008

"I was on my way to work on Tuesday, May 20, at about 6:55 a.m. when I saw the red and blue lights flashing by Fountaindale Elementary School. I thought I would be seeing another accident. Instead, I was surprised to see a county sheriff officer assisting a pair of Canadian geese and their many offspring across Pennsylvania Avenue. I'd like to tell that officer thank you, and that I am glad to see that 'To protect and serve' means all walks of life. Also, thank you for a bright spot on an otherwise dreary day."

"Thumbs up to Councilwoman Cromer's personal vehicle use by public employees. Next step, look at petty cash expenditures in each department. "

- Hagerstown

"Look out - the Republicans have found a new word, a new slogan. Back in 2004, it was 'flip-flop' - yeah, like John McCain doesn't. In 2006, it was 'cut-and-runners,', and now in 2008 it's 'elitist.' 'Fear the elitist, you're gonna die if you vote a Democrat in office. Fear the elitist.'"

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- Hagerstown

"I watched on the news the unfortunate story of the man who went to a church carnival and began shooting with an automatic rifle, because of a dispute with his ex-wife. These sorts of events happen all the time, and they are outlandish and heinous and evil, and I've come to the conclusion that it is now time that the U.S. move to finally outlaw firearms in this country. When firearms are illegal, no one will be able to get a gun. Therefore, these crimes will stop. If you want them to stop, make guns illegal. The Second Amendment is outdated."

- Clear Spring

"I wish someone would set up a bus service from Frederick to Fort Detrick. There is a bus service going to the other side of Frederick, but it doesn't help any of us commuting to Fort Detrick. It would be a big savings for everyone."

- Hagerstown

"I'm calling in reference to everybody arguing about the plaque for the school board. Instead of spending worthless money on a plaque, why doesn't everybody just plant a tree? Plant one tree for every person that was on the board at the time. Put a little marker in front of the tree so we know who it's for, instead of buying a great big plaque and wasting money that we really don't have to waste at this time and day."

- Keedysville

"Someone in Mail Call wanted to know when George Bush was tough on terrorists ... George Bush has been tougher on terrorists than anybody could ever expect a president to be, and if Congress and the Senate and everybody else would let him do his job, he'd have this terrorism thing well under control, but everything he does to the terrorists, they're against. We should use whatever force we have to, to get bin Laden, and that includes going into any country we need to go in."

- Sharpsburg

"I saw a article in the paper about the price of gasoline, and had to do with the county vehicles being driven home by people who are assigned the vehicles. I think it's time that that stops, because gas prices are so high, the county people need to drive their own vehicles to and from their residence. Why should we be paying for gas for them? We can't afford to pay for gas for ourself, as well as them driving out of state ..."

- Washington County

"Bus on Harpers Ferry Road, approximately 7 a.m. in the morning: Please be courteous and pull over and let cars going to work by you, as you stop every few yards to pick up children. There are numerous spots, such as the Antietam bridge or the Antietam church parking lot."

"In response to the caller about bicycles being a hazard, bicycles have been around as long as the automobile. If you would get someone to read the Maryland driver's manual to you, you will find that bicycles are vehicles, and have the same rights to the public highways. I urge you and others, as a motorist, to drive with common courtesy and respect for others on the road. Bicyclists never win against a 3,000-pound car. So the next time you come upon a cyclist, someone who is riding for the health and enjoyment of it, remember with gas at $4 a gallon ..."

- Fiddlersburg

"In reference to the write-in about the troopers, complaining about taxpayers paying for the guns, I have no problem with paying for troopers' guns so they're serviceable. My problem is with the take-home cruisers, where you take your kids to school. You need to use your own vehicle for that. That's taxpayer money paying (for) that gas. Sitting ... for a half hour with your cruiser running, wasting gas, things like that we can do without, but there are things that taxpayers need to foot the bill for. Gas isn't one of them, when it's being wasted."

- Hagerstown

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