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Mail Call

February 05, 2009

"I can't believe they're discussing a pay raise for Chief Mullendore. I think he makes enough money right now. We have people out of jobs, we have people trying to feed their families, trying to keep roofs over their head, and they're discussing giving him $105,000 a year? Come on. I think he ought to give some of it right now to our charities or whatever's going on. Let's have a little bit of common sense or courtesy done, or something. I'm flabbergasted."

-- Hagerstown

"The Washington County Commissioners need to stop trying to get money out of the state. What they need to do is cut their budget, take five days pay away from all employees, pay off the county debt, and lower the property tax. That's all the people in Washington County want."

-- Washington County

"In reference to the pay raise for the sheriff, I think it's time for The Herald-Mail to publish all the salaries again, like they did before for the top people in the county and the city, $80,000 and above. And the State of the County was a joke. Long-term quality of life and infrastructure projects, and no reduction of taxes, and raising the teachers' pension plan we gotta pay for. Gimme a break. Look at all the places closing and the jobs (lost)."

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-- Leitersburg

"After seeing all (and there is not much to choose from) candidates running for City Council. ... We need new blood in this office, but more of the same inexperienced, arrogant and fiscally irresponsible politicians is just not good enough."

-- Hagerstown

"I'm calling about the correctional officer that was accused of smuggling contraband. I realize he's not convicted and guilty, but why do the judges take it so easy? Give them the maximum -- you know, the legislators ought to pass a law that they have to have the maximum sentence. Make it five years, make it 10 years. I've been at MCI-H for almost 20 years, and I tell you what, me and a bunch of other guys that are honest and hardworking correctional officers, we can't stand (this)."

-- Hagerstown

"It always makes me laugh when people put classified ads in the paper wanting a large house in the country for $600/month, or wanting a nice free car that will pass inspection. Who wouldn't? As for myself, I would like to trade 100 stink bugs for a large suitcase full of cash. Please leave your phone number in Mail Call for me."

-- Williamsport

"Last Sunday at Jo-Ann's, I found I didn't have my car keys. I want to thank the sweet little cashier who loaned me her cell phone to call for help."

-- Shepherdstown, W.Va.

"I'm calling in to agree with the person who was complaining about the police officers not being on Northern Avenue whenever the schools are letting out. My daughter goes to Northern Middle, too, and the funny thing about it is, they're there any other time except for whenever schools are letting out. It'd be nice if they could be there right at that time. They're there in the evening and any other time."

-- Hagerstown

"Will someone please explain to me how Barney Frank and Chris Dodd have managed to escape any responsibility for our current economic disaster? These two ... have gotten a free pass, and continue to engineer the train wreck of their own making. Also, if a Republican cabinet appointee had failed to pay the proper income tax, the Democrats would have been screaming bloody murder. Where is the outrage? Change, indeed."

-- Maugansville

"To the correctional officer from Washington County, his comment about working 12-hour shifts making too much stress: There's plenty of officers that work double shifts, which is about 16 hours, and they do it two or three times a week. They don't mind it."

-- Hagerstown

"I'd just like to say I'm very happy that Cynthia is gonna be serving beside Skip at the council in Boonsboro. I'm pretty sure they'll be making some good decisions for the Boonsboro area."

-- Boonsboro

"If everyone could just imagine -- just imagine for one moment -- what the world would be like without religious and political strife, this could be -- we could all be -- living in peace, and we could all be home in heaven on earth."

-- McConnellsburg, Pa.

"Here's what I think of the latest election. Obama needs more than four years, but what he can do in four years is get the house in order, and take two or three priorities and go with them. I think he should -- after jobs, of course -- health care, put education on the back burner, and take care of the young people, as far as the health and so on. As far as education, yes, because believe it or not, the U.S. is No. 32 in the world on math scores, and that does not bode well for the future."

-- Hagerstown

"I'd like for somebody out there who thinks that Bill O'Reilly is such a great guy to tell me who died and made him God. If he would have talked to me like he talked to his guests, and yelled at me like he talked to his guests tonight, that would be the last time he'd ever talk to me."

-- Falling Waters, W.Va.

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