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June 19, 2009

"I recently had the opportunity to tour the new Barbara Ingram School for the Arts - wow. Get ready, Hagerstown and Washington County residents to have your socks knocked off. Bravo to Dr. Morgan and her visionary team. I wish I could return to high school so that I could attend the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts." - Hagerstown




"This is to respond to the Mail Caller about the County Roads department, the sides of the roads resembling a jungle, and bushes with shrubbery overhanging those county roads. I personally enjoy that. I think it's good for a couple of minutes to escape the city, even if for just a little while - to smell the honeysuckles, remember the good-old days at Grandma's house, making mud pies. Does everything have to be pristine and manicured all the time?" - Hagerstown




"While traveling through Maryland, I stopped at your Hagerstown Visitors Center, since the one on Interstate 70 was closed. I was told there was no public restroom. I have traveled all over the U.S., and never have I been told at a visitors welcome center that it didn't offer bathroom facilities. What kind of a welcome is this?" - Hagerstown

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"This is to the caller from Smithsburg who said June 15 that he was glad to see the union shops closing. I'm an employee of Good Humor-Breyers, and I just hope after they close all the union shops that they come get your job next, so you can see what it feels like." - Hagerstown




"I'm calling in about the city-owned golf course, Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run. At one time, that was a nice little golf course. Things were taken care of ... but I played there yesterday for the first time in six years, and I'll tell you, it's the worst thing I ever seen. Greens - I couldn't even call them putting greens. They're mud, you're putting over mud. Two holes you can't play because the greens are dead. I think ... take care of it. If the city can't do that, then they ought to turn it into homes, because they ruined a nice little golf course." - Hagerstown




"I'm calling in response to a story in Wednesday's paper about the new senior citizens center they're gonna build. Why should they build a new center when we have all these empty buildings around Hagerstown? Why can't they just use one of them? This town just wastes money when they could use it for something else." - Hagerstown




"I just heard on TV where Continental Airlines had a little 8-year-old kid that they put on the wrong plane and sent him to the wrong city. Now, maybe I'm dumb, but you tell me who in their right mind, parents, would send their little kid off by themselves on a plane? I don't understand what kind of circumstances would dictate that. Maybe I'm living in the past, but I take care of my kids. I would never do that." - Sharpsburg




"My comment has to do with how big the newspaper articles you put in there for whenever officers do something bad. How about whenever inmates do something to officers it's just a small article. That's my only question." - Hagerstown




"I went out of my way to call the number to get the coupon for the TV converter, and now that they finally switched over, I get one channel, barely. I barely get our local station, NBC25. It always says no signal, no signal, no signal ... and I think it was just a stupid idea." - Hagerstown




"Thank you to the person who mailed me a check that was lost and found at the mall parking lot. There's still some honest people in this world. Again, thanks." - Hagerstown




"This is referring to the person who was given a nine-tenths of 1 percent certificate of deposit rate. Banks can get all the money they want from the government now, so they can rip off their depositors even more than before. You can blame Bush, Paulson, Bernanke and now Obama for accelerating this unprecedented bank bailout. Your best bet now is to shop around because there are some FDIC-insured banks in Maryland that will offer you a slightly better deal for your cash. There is also the Internet option, but make sure your computer is virus- and spyware-free before putting in your ID information." - Hagerstown




"If Chris Shank runs against Don Munson for state senator, we will almost certainly hear the old line that Munson 'is not a true Republican' because he too often puts Washington County interests ahead of Republican Party interests. In my opinion, that is exactly what any good representative should be doing. Shank needs to go alone into the wilderness for a long meditation before jumping into this race." - Hagerstown




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